Did you know that in our area of New England ticks live year-round!?!??! They do not die or hibernate in the winter. Nope, they still hang-out hungry for a blood meal from you, your pets, your friends and family. They are truly hardy buggers too. Snow-no problem, heat-no problem, rain-no problem. Do not worry, the ticks will survive it all!
What you do need to know are a few helpful tips to keep you and your pet safe. Never use tweezers to pull off a tick. If you find a tick on your pet and your pet is not on a preventative and the tick is actually attached you want to wear a glove and grasp it at the base where it is attached to the skin and fur area. Pull it straight off. Do not squish it while attached or twist it or tear it open while removing it. That can potentially spread diseases.
There are a few helpful tick removers that help you such as Ticked Off, TickCheck tick remover, and other items that are sold over the counter that may help you grasp the tick at the base if you have any issues with your hands performing a pincer motion.
Prevention is key to good tick control. We can’t comment on yard sprays but we will mention that most major pest control companies offer some form of tick control for your property. You may want to call them to check out the options they have for your tick control needs.
Prevention for your pets is key too! Remember there are many products that repel ticks but this means potentially that a tick could attempt to bite your pet then be repelled and wind-up on you or walking around your home looking for another blood meal.
In our book the only good tick is a dead tick! We recommend Simparica for dogs.
*Simparica protects dogs from not only ticks, but fleas too, for a full 35 days.
*It does not wash off or break down when dogs are exposed to sunlight.
*Starts killing ticks within 8 hours and works all month long and kills 5 types of ticks, including the Gulf Coast tick.
*Starts killing fleas in 3 hours.
*In a study, Simparica blocked transmission of Lyme disease from deer ticks to dogs.
*Rebates are available for it, check out https://www.zoetispetcare.com/rewards
More questions about tick or safe and reliable tick prevention for your pet? Call us at 860-779-6070.
Did you know that our team members are Fear Free Certified? Do you know what Fear Free even means? Did you know Fear Free is even a thing?
We live in a very fast paced world and things change so rapidly it is often hard to keep up with everything but here at Companion Veterinary Healthy Center we try our best to be progressive and to keep up with the ever-changing times.
One way we did that this past year was to get our team members Fear Free Certified. It is amazing to think that years ago this was not even a “thing” but now it is. It is the goal of all of us here at the clinic to reduce the stress of coming to the veterinarian for your pet and even to reduce your stress of bringing your pet to us.
We have learned that people and pets both can have stress when coming to see us and we want you to know we are here to make it less stressful.
There are many factors and touch points that can increase stress when coming to the vet. You can have stress getting your cat into a cat carrier. You can have stress getting your dog into the car. Maybe your dog does not like other dogs and coming to the vet where others might be is just stressful to both of you.
Maybe your pet has been sick at home and you are concerned about the cost or what exactly is wrong with your beloved family member.
Whatever the case, talk about it with us. Let us know if you or your pet are stressed. We always say we can’t help if we do not know what the concern is. We have ways to cope with that stress for both you and your pet.
We have calming music you can play in your car to calm you and your pet down while enroute to us. You can use specific pheromones to calm your dog or your cat in the car too.
We use that same calming music here in the clinic to relax you and your pet. We also use the pet specific pheromones in our exam room and on ourselves, again to promote a relaxed environment for your pet.
We use specific restraining techniques with your pets. We use an acupressure type hold to calm them down at times. It can often look a bit scary to you but ask us and we will tell you how holding a cat properly sometimes can relax them.
We even have amazing pharmaceuticals to relax your pet. If you are concerned call us and talk to us ahead of your appointment. We have lots of helpful tips and tricks to promote and overall calming experience to the best of our ability.
If you want to learn more about what Fear Free is and what we do here call us or check it out here
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Call us at 860-779-6070 if you would like to make an appointment today.
Have you visited us yet? If yes- great! We hope you liked your visit. If not, we hope to meet you soon.
Not matter if you have visited us or if you will be visiting us in the near future you will learn very quickly that we focus on PREVENTION. Yes, we can prevent or help lessen certain illnesses that can cause disease in your pets.
We truly want to be part of your pet’s health care team and with that said we have tons of knowledge for you and your pet. We know not all pets are equal. For example, maybe you have a small dog that uses pee pads and does not ever touch the ground outside. Perhaps you have farm animals and you have a working farm dog that has the job of living outside all year long and its job it to protect livestock.
Those are two extremes but you get the idea. Not all pets have the same life style. That is why we ask lots of questions at each visit. We want to make sure we are providing your pet and you with the proper preventative care.
Preventive care is focusing on disease that we can prevent such as rabies. Rabies is a zoonotic disease. This means not only can a dog, cat, raccoon, and other wildlife get it but also YOU. Yes, humans can get rabies. We can provide you protection to a degree, by providing rabies vaccines to those pets that we consider domesticated animals that live with us.
Other preventable diseases are part of what we call CORE vaccines for your pet. These are vaccines that we know will either help prevent a disease completely or help to reduce the risk of disease in your pet.
Heartworm is another preventable disease. Did you know that both dogs and cats can get heartworm? They can! Heartworm is transmitted through a bite from a female mosquito. It only takes one positive mosquito that is carrying heartworm to infect your pet. We think year round protection is truly the best option to prevent heartworm in your pet.
We do annual blood work on your pet just like your doctor likes to have done on you. This is part of a screening to make sure all internal organs are functioning optimally. If we are able to get this test done every year then we can also look at previous tests for comparisons and have a baseline to work from that is specific to your pet.
Sadly most of our pets will get dental disease but here at Companion Veterinary Health Center we focus on using at home prevention. We know that brushing your pet’s teeth is the best option but it does not always go as planned. We carry other options such as a special diet that helps to clean the teeth and also special treats and meal additives. We also always offer you technician time to talk about how to properly care for your pet’s teeth at home.
In fact did you know that you can request a technician consultation at any time? You can, sometimes they may need to get the doctor involved but if you have a fairly simple question and want to meet with one of our veterinary nurses we would be happy to set that up for you.
Our goal is to help your pet live a long and healthy life. We can’t prevent all disease. We wish we could but that sadly that is not reality. However, we use all the tools we have available to us to prevent what we can.
Please call us at 860-779-6070 with any questions you may have for us.
If you travel with your pet then you might already know the importance of a Pet First Aid Kit. However, many of us do not have one on hand. So let’s talk about why you might want to get one or even put it together yourself (DIY).