Spring Specials

Although it’s snowy today, we here at Pembroke Animal Hospital have spring on our minds.  Spring has so many wonderful features  – plants coming alive, animals venturing from their hiding places, sunny days and warmer weather.  Of course, there’s the mud and road construction to deal with.

Springtime tends to make us remember those pesky parasites that plague our pets.  Although they are a threat year-round, they are especially noticeable in these warmer months.  It’s extremely important to protect your pets, family and home from these parasites.

fleaFleas cause itching, hair loss, and are a real headache to get rid of if they manage to infest your home.  Unfortunately, they’re everywhere.  Where there is one flea, rest assured there are many more.

Ticks are a huge threat in this area, especially for those in suburban or rural locations.  They can carry a number of diseases that affect both animals and people, Lyme disease among them.  However, other diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, and Ehrlichia are becoming more prevalent as the ticks that carry them have spread into our area of the country.

Another disease that used to be unusual here in New England but has become much more common is heartworm disease.  Heartworm disease is carried by mosquitoes – it only takes one bite from an infected one to transmit the disease to your dog.  Heartworm is exactly what it sounds like – worms that grow inside the body and take up residence in the heart.  Treatment of this potentially fatal disease is painful, difficult, and expensive.

Intestinal parasites can be picked up by our pets all sorts of ways – puppies and kittens canimg_rwm_hook get the worms from their mothers, they can be picked up from the soil, or from contact with the feces of infected animals.  While intestinal parasites can be dangerous, especially to young pets, a major concern is that hookworms and roundworms can be transmitted to people – children are especially vulnerable.

 

It is our goal at Pembroke Animal Hospital to help our clients understand the threat that these parasites prevent, and to provide you with safe, effective treatment recommendations.  We understand that these medications can be expensive.  Unfortunately, products purchased from online pharmacies and retail stores are not guaranteed by the manufacturer.

To help, we are offering an amazing deal on Parasite Prevention for spring of 2013 –

Protect your cat from fleas and ticks – Purchase a 6-pack of Frontline Plus and receive:

  • 2 free doses of Frontline Plus
  • a $15.00 credit to your account

Protect your dog from Heartworm, intestinal parasites and fleas and ticks – Purchase a 12-pack of Heartgard Plus and a 6-pack of Frontline Plus and receive:

  • 2 free doses of FrontlinePlus
  • a $12.00 Heartgard Rebate
  • a $25.00 credit to your account

By purchasing these time-tested products from Pembroke Animal Hospital, you can rest easy knowing that they are both fully backed by the manufacturer.

This is a very limited-time offer, so be sure to come by the office today!

 

Fall is here! So are the fleas…

It’s time for pumpkins, falling leaves, scarves and sweaters.  Everyone is getting ready to tuck in for another New Hampshire winter.

Unfortunately, “everyone” includes the fleas.  The mild winters we’ve been having have really helped the flea population explode, and the majority of pets we’re seeing in the office have fleas.

Fleas can happen to anyone.  A flea infestation doesn’t mean your home or your pet is dirty.  They’re so bad this year we’re getting a lot of calls from people who have never had flea problems before.

These little pests are very invasive and can be challenging to get rid of, but it just takes a little perseverance.

We recommend treating for fleas with a topical flea and tick product such as Frontline Plus or Advantage for cats, or Frontline Plus or Advantix for dogs.  We understand that there are a lot of other brands available over the counter that are less expensive, but frankly you get what you pay for and we’ve had reports of brands like Sargent’s and Hartz ranging from “they just don’t work” to seeing terrible reactions ranging from sores at the application site to seizures and serious illness.  Dips, baths and collars are also not recommended.

The products available here at the office are guaranteed to work by their manufacturer when purchased here.  They stand behind their products and will work with you to solve problems or even refund your money if you’re not satisfied.

One thing to understand about fleas is that their life cycle is about 3 months long from egg to grown adult.  One application of medication may take care of current adults, but eggs that have been laid in the home will hatch out later and create new adults that must also be dealt with.  Therefore, every pet in the household must be treated for a minimum of 3 months.  

Now for the flea eradicating plan of attack –

Step 1:  Pick up a safe, effective topical flea medication such as Frontline for each pet in the house, as well as a premise spray with an insect growth regulator to use on carpets and upholstery (we have one available here at the office).

Step 2:  Carefully apply the topical medication – correct application is absolutely crucial – the hair on the pet must be parted so that the medication goes directly onto the skin.  Sometimes it helps to have 2 people – one to part the hair and the other to carefully apply the medication.  Remember that all pets in the home must be treated.  Because these products depend on the oils in your pet’s skin to help them spread over the body, it is important that pets not be bathed for 2 days before or after application.

Step 3:  Vacuum everything that can be vacuumed and hot water wash anything that can be hot water washed.  If you have a bag vacuum, throw the bag out (outside) right away, and if it’s a canister clean it well.  Apply premise spray to carpets and upholstery.  What the premise spray does is kill adult fleas, hatching eggs and larvae around the home, and it also has a growth regulator that helps prevent eggs from hatching.

Step 4:  Mark the calendar so you remember to apply topical treatment to each pet in the house for at least 2 more months.  If pets go outdoors, we recommend continued monthly flea prevention to prevent further infestations.

 

To get ahead of fleas, take advantage of our Frontline Plus special – buy 3 doses, get 1 free OR buy 6 doses, get 2 free!  (doses must be of the same size, purchased at the same time)

15th Anniversary Celebration

Pembroke Animal Hospital celebrated its 15th anniversary with an open house this past Saturday, June 9th.  The weather was beautiful!  Guests were treated to hospital tours, giveaways and raffle prizes, and lots of food!  It was wonderful to see so many new and familiar faces turn out, thank you for helping us have such a successful day!