With the return of warmer temperatures, comes the return of the tick.  Ticks can latch on to your pet's fur or your clothing.  They find hosts through a process called questing.  They climb up tall vegetation, wave their front legs back and forth and when an animal or human walks by, they grab hold, latch on and feed.  They secrete a glue-like substance to firmly secure their mouthparts to the skin.  To remove a tick, wear gloves and use tweezers to grasp it close to the skin.  Extract it using steady rearward pressure.  Don't twist, jerk or crush a tick.  If you do, you may leave its mouthparts in the skin which increases the risk of infection and disease.

We advise using a flea and tick killer all year long.  Ticks can reappear in the middle of winter.  One or two warm days makes them active again.

Ask us about chewable or topical flea and tick products.
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Not all leafy greens are good to eat.  The plants listed here are poisonous.  If any are inside or outside your home, make sure your pet doesn't snack on them.  These are only some of the poisonous plants.  For a complete list visit: 

Algae                    Dumbcane                    Lupine
Aloe                      Easter Lily                     Marble Queen
Amaryllis              Elephant Ears              Morning Glory
​Andromeda         Emerald Fern               Rhododendron
Japonica               English Ivy                    Mountain Laurel
Asian Lily              Eucalyptus                   Narcissus
Calla Lily               Ferns                             Needlepoint Ivy
Daffodil                Daylily                           Wisteria
Honeysuckle        Hydrangea                   Lily of the Valley
Yucca                    Foxglove                       Privet
Iris                         Azalea                           Tulip


The return of Spring could mean the return of seasonal allergies.  If you notice your dog is constantly itchy, it could be due to allergies.  Like people, dogs can be allergic to substances in the environmentsuch as pollen or mold.  These seasonal allergens can cause a dog to become itchy and require treatment when there is a flare up.  If the itch persists throughout the year, ongoing treatment is usually necessary.  Dogs with persistent itch due to allergies are often diagnosed with atopic dermatitis, a chronic inflammatory skin condition affecting up to 10%of dogs worldwide.  Unfortunately, over time, this condition can get worse and impact your dog's quality of life.

Cytopoint is a safe, effective, long-lasting injectable treatment to control itching in dogs with allergic or atopic dermatitis.  Cytopoint starts controlling itch within 1 day and reduces scratching, chewing, licking and biting of the skin for up to 8 weeks.  

Apoquel starts relieving allergic itch in 4 hours and controls it within 24 hours.  Apoquel is safe, without many of the side effectys associated with other medications, including steroids.  It can even be used long term.  Apoquel works right at the source to stop itching and reieve inflammation.  It is a prescription medicine used for the control of itch associated with allergic dermatitis and control of atopic dermatitis in dogs 12 months and older.  Apoquel reduces dog itch and also decreases inflammation, redness or swelling of the skin so your dog feels better as quickly as possible.

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