Summer newsletter


 Dr. Melissa Miele joined our staff in January.  She received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 and has also worked at Mass Vet and IVG network of hospitals. She lives locally on the North Shore with her family. 

With the good weather, we spend more time outdoors with our pets and that brings more exposure to ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas. Please remember to keep your dogs on year-round heartworm preventive and your cats on flea and tick preventive. The good news for our canines is that for the last year Simparica Trio (Trio for short) has been available and is our go to for prevention. This once-a-month chewable tablet protects against heartworm, fleas, ticks, and intestinal parasites. Besides being able to give monthly protection with just one tablet, it has the added benefit of being able to eliminate heartworms that have shown resistance to some of the current available products. It is important to remember heartworm is still out there and we must use monthly preventative on our dogs year-round, and Trio makes this much easier.

We have seen an increase in positive Giardia in our Canine population. Giardia is a parasite that causes an intestinal infection in dogs, cats, and people. It can be transmitted by being in contact with infected feces, soil, or drinking water from a contaminated creek, pond, or body of water. We routinely test for Giardia in our annual fecal test. This is one of the many reasons we recommend a yearly fecal sample  be run on all our pets.

For more information on Giardia, click on the link to the CDC:

As always, we really appreciate you choosing the Cape Ann Veterinary Hospital for all your pets needs.  We have all experienced a long and difficult year and I think we are all looking forward to the new year, some spring fun with our pets, and some nice weather!

The Staff at Cape Ann Veterinary Hospital