As a food-loving, red-blooded American, Thanksgiving means turkey and dressing, potatoes and gravy, cranberries and sweet potato soufflé. It means time with family and seeing loved ones you may not have seen for months or sometimes years. Perhaps most importantly, it means not having to wait for the weekend to watch football (even if you already know the Lions and Redskins are going to lose).
As a veterinarian, Thanksgiving brings completely different sentiments. Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times for veterinarians. Every year we see several emergency cases. Emergency visits are no fun for anyone and some can be avoided by simply following one rule:
Do not share any Thanksgiving treats with your furry loved ones.
As pet owners, we express our love for pets through food. This is true of pet owners of all species from dogs to horses and cats to cows. We are reinforced by the way they jump up and seem so excited when we give them even the smallest morsel. However, recent studies have shown that even the most food motivated pets prefer praise (a pat on the head, a good boy or even a belly rub) to food. This information could potentially help us avoid some unnecessary hospital visits this holiday season.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind over the holiday season:
It may sound like I am encouraging you to not let your pet partake in any of the reindeer games this holiday season. In a word, Yes, I am. So, what do you give Fido when he begs for those green beans soaked in bacon grease? Well, if you want him to spend Christmas at home (and not in the hospital), I suggest a pat on the head and a "good boy." You both will appreciate that much more than you know.
All of us at Satilla Animal Hospital wish you a safe and happy holiday season.
Comfortis is the flea pill that revolutionized flea prevention in cats and dogs. Comfortis begins working quickly to kill fleas. Since it has been available it has been wildly popular, along with its combination formula (Trifexis). Comfortis is a once monthly pill for dogs and cats that begins working quickly and lasts for an entire month.
Advantage II is a topical flea preventative for dogs and cats. The most significant benefits of the product are that it works on contact, which means the flea does not have to bite, and it kills all life stages of the flea. The product is waterproof but may be less effective after bathing with a detergent based shampoo. Soap-free shampoos are recommended. Advantage is very similar to advantage multi, only it DOES NOT prevent heartworms. A few facts:
This week we are transitioning from our heartworm and combination preventatives into flea and tick products. First on the list is Bravecto. Bravecto is a newer product and has become very popular in the short time it has been available. The reasons for its popularity are due to three factors: It is long-lasting, very effective, very safe and can treat demodex (mange). Although mange treatment is extra label, it is one of the cheapest and safest methods. A few facts about Bravecto:
Interceptor plus is a once monthly chewable, similar to Heartgard. The main difference is the new formulation, which treats tapeworms. The new formulation is also much more palatable than the previous version. The company claims that even the most picky dog will eat it and it was gobbled up by an impressive 96.5% of dogs in a recent study. Here's a breakdown of the benefits:
Heartgard is one of the oldest and most popular stand alone heartworm preventatives. Although it has literally been around for decades, it is still as effective and popular as ever. Heartgard is ivermectin and although at the labeled dose it has been proven safe in Collies, many people still choose to use other drugs in these and other MDR1 breeds. Rightfully so, as there are many alternatives available for use in these pets. Heartgard is a beef chew, that dogs find very tasty, which prevents heartworm disease and some intestinal parasites.
For details on heartworm disease, see our earlier post.
Trifexis is one of the most popular and controversial heartworm and flea preventative combinations on the market. The cause of its popularity is its extreme efficacy of preventing fleas and heartworms. The cause of controversy is strictly due to internet rumors. The product got some bad publicity shortly after it was FDA approved and most of the claims have been disputed and lack any real relationship with the product. This has still convinced many people to use other products. Satilla Animal Hospital has never experienced a Trifexis related death, and it may be our most commonly used product. So what does Trifexis do and How?
Advantage Multi is a topical heartworm and flea preventative for dogs AND cats. It is applied to the skin on the back of the neck once a month. Advantage multi must be applied every month for prevention, but is very effective against both fleas and heartworms.
Since we have been covering heartworm preventatives and now have a handy chart, we will use the next several blog posts to talk about each product in a little more detail. We hope this helps you to make a more informed decision as to which product is best for your pet. This week we will discuss ProHeart 6.
This is a big topic, especially during the summer. This is probably obvious since we have discussed it many times already. We stress how important prevention is, so which one is the best?
The answer is that in our region, they all are. As long as your pet is on a preventative, he or she will be protected from heartworm disease. The choice most often comes down to what is most convenient.
Convenience is different for everyone. Maybe you need a product that will do everything you need and is given once a month. Or maybe convenience means your pet likes the way it tastes. For some, convenience is bringing the pet to the clinic every six months for an injection.
To help you make this decision, I have formed a simple comparison chart of products available at Satilla Animal Hospital. Hopefully, this will help you in determining the best way to meet your pet's needs.
For more detailed information, click here to see our earlier blog post on the differences in each product.
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