In this issue you will find:
Tapeworms in Cats
The holiday season will be here before we know it. With the excitement and travel of the season come many risks for our pets. Please keep your pets safe so the season stays a joyous time rather than tragic.
Make sure your pet has an ID on at all times.
Warn your guests and family to be extra diligent with doors.
Do not feed your pet people food and take measures to make sure they to not clean the table for you or get into the garbage.
Medications in guests' luggage are frequent targets. Please ask your guests to secure these items in safe locations you provide.
Make sure your pets are vaccinated as needed for your boarding kennel or travel.
Many human treats contain toxic ingredients such as xylitol, chocolate and raisins. Be very careful.
Food in gifts are frequent targets for dogs in particular.
Make sure your pet has a quiet place to get away from people.
Some pets will get scared and bite or scratch in all the excitement. Take steps accordingly.
This list of precautions is by no means all inclusive. Please think about your pet's individual situation and take appropriate measures to keep him/her safe and happy.
Tapeworms in Cats
Fall. Colorful leaves. Harvest time. Cooler weather. Getting the house ready for winter. Mice moving into the house and out buildings. House cats eating mice in the dining room. Ahhh! The inevitable march of the seasons.
Wait! What! Cats eating mice in the dining room? Well it may not be in the dining room, but could be. Even our house cats have predatory instincts and when the mice start to come into the house, it is inevitable that most will catch, kill, and usually eat some of them. This is just part of cat nature. You may not even be aware that your cat is keeping your house free of mice.
These mice that are moving into your house can carry diseases and many parasites. One of the big parasitic concerns for predatory cats (and dogs) is tapeworms. These are an intestinal parasite that are usually long, flat and segmented. They reproduce by releasing segments (also known as proglottids) to either pass in the stool or crawl out onto the hair, dry up, and fall into the environment. These are the things that look like pieces of rice under a cat's tail sometimes.
The proglottids are then eaten by insects, like fleas. This is a required step in the life cycle of tapeworms. The insects can then be eaten by the target host, like the cat, or by an intermediate host, like the mouse. If a mouse eats the insect it will pass the tapeworm on to the cat when it is eaten.
For outdoor cats and cats that are known hunters we recommend routine dewormings with medications that will kill the tapeworms. For strictly indoor cats we tend to use them as needed based on finding the tapeworms or on a less frequent cycle.
If you have questions about tapeworms, please give us a call.
The makers of NexGard® recently sent out a letter with good news. They have received approval from the FDA to extend the shelf life of NexGard® to 36 months from the original 24 months.
What does this mean for you?
With the new extended shelf life approval this product can be considered good to use for an additional 12 months. You should easily make use of what you have purchased before it would expire.