Dear Friend,

In this issue you will find:

Hidden Snow Dangers

NextGard TM

Lyme Vaccination Time

Are You Prepared?

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What Dangers Are Lurking In The Snow?

This has been a winter for the record books so far here in St. Croix County, Wisconsin. The prolonged cold and generous snow has hidden and preserved many things. It has also been hard on our wildlife. I expect that many have starved or frozen to death.

Spring is rumored to be just around the corner. As the weather warms, many hidden dangers will be uncovered for the dining pleasure of our pets. Dogs especially have a penchant for rotting food and carcasses.

Please try to keep your pets safe this spring. Monitor their territory for the hidden dangers lurking in the snow.

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NexGardTM – Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs

Last month we asked if you would be interested in a new flea and tick medication for dogs. The response was positive so we have decided to start carrying NexGard TM .

NexGardTM is given once a month as a chewable. It is only for use in dogs. It is labeled for fleas and ticks. NexGardTM is made by Merial, the company that makes Frontline® Plus and HeartGard® Plus. It appears to have an excellent safety profile.

NexGardTM is currently on backorder, but we hope to have it at Bobtown Pet Clinic soon.

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Time for Lyme Vaccinations  

Do you live in the country? Take your dog camping? Hunting? To the cabin? Hiking? Fishing? On trail rides? Or to your family's or friend's place in the country? Are there other places where your dog is exposed to ticks? The spring months are the best time to vaccinate your dog against Lyme disease. Preferably just before those nasty deer ticks come out, usually at the end of March or beginning of April here in our part of Wisconsin.

If your dog is at risk for getting ticks, it is at risk for contracting Lyme disease and it would be smart to have him/her vaccinated.

Give us a call if you have questions or to schedule an appointment.

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Are You Prepared?

None of us want to think about what to do in an emergency situation. However, in our lives we are bound to run across more than a few. Some are relatively minor or very brief, but others are major or life threatening. If these occur, do you have a plan?

What if you are forced to evacuate at least 2 miles from your home in Roberts, Hammond or Baldwin? What about 20 miles minimum? (We do not live far from a nuclear power plant after all.)

Having a general plan for major emergencies and evacuations can make weathering the storm much easier. Remember to include your dogs, cats and other animals in these plans if possible. Local and federal emergency workers are required by the PETS Act to allow pets to accompany their owners.

The AVMA has a good resource for developing emergency plans that can be found here. FEMA also has resources that can be found here.

For a longer article, click here to go to our blog.

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