Dear Friend,

In this issue you will find:

Deer Tick Season Peaking

On your marks! Get set! ITCH!

Food Shelf Donation Update


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Deer Tick Season Peak

Deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) are nasty little creatures that feed on blood and are major carriers of diseases like Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis.

These ticks have a 3 host life cycle. This means that they search for hosts 3 times in their lives. The first host, used by the larvae, is usually a very small animal like a mouse or squirrel. The second host, used by the nymph, is usually a bit larger small mammal. And the adult tick prefers the white tailed deer as its definitive host. However, they are opportunistic and will take what ever host comes along.

Because they have a 3 host life cycle, they must search for these hosts when they are ready at different times of the year. Adults are looking in the fall and spring after overwintering. The larvae are usually looking for hosts in the late spring/early summer. And finally, the nymphs look for a host in the late summer/early fall.

Deer ticks are very hearty parasites. We start seeing them about the time the snow is melted and until the snow flies in the fall. The activity never stops, but peaks in the spring and late summer as the larvae and nymphs look for new hosts.

Overall, this means that we are currently in a peak activity time for the ticks to be looking for new hosts. Do not stop using your flea and tick preventatives until at least December 1. Even then, we recommend their use year round.


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On your mark! Get set! ITCH!

The worst allergy season of the year is upon us. Dogs are coming in scratching, with ear infections, skin infections and hot spots.

Late summer sees the blooming of many plants, especially ragweed. These pollens cause allergy symptoms in many animals and people. Dogs tend to be skin reactors. This means that they start to itch and scratch. Secondarily they often have skin infection problems. The classic presentation is chewing at the feet, scratching at the face and ears and often having ear infections.

With seasonal allergies there really is no escape from the cause of the symptoms. The pollens are everywhere. Therefore, we are left to treat the symptoms or to try to retrain the immune system.

We have a number of medications to help control the symptoms of the allergies. These include antihistamines, steroids and immune modulators. It can also help considerably to treat the secondary problems like skin and ear infections.

Retraining the immune system requires allergy testing and a series of injections. These often go on for the pets life.

So if your pet is starting to itch, please call for an appointment. Allergies can be miserable. We can help. For a couple of years now we have been using Cytopoint and Apoquel with great success. These drugs are very nice because they do not have all of the side effects of steroids. On your mark! Get set! ITCH!

The worst allergy season of the year is upon us. Dogs are coming in scratching, with ear infections, skin infections and hot spots.

Late summer sees the blooming of many plants, especially ragweed. These pollens cause allergy symptoms in many animals and people. Dogs tend to be skin reactors. This means that they start to itch and scratch. Secondarily they often have skin infection problems. The classic presentation is chewing at the feet, scratching at the face and ears and often having ear infections.

With seasonal allergies there really is no escape from the cause of the symptoms. The pollens are everywhere. Therefore, we are left to treat the symptoms or to try to retrain the immune system.

We have a number of medications to help control the symptoms of the allergies. These include antihistamines, steroids and immune modulators. It can also help considerably to treat the secondary problems like skin and ear infections.

Retraining the immune system requires allergy testing and a series of injections. These often go on for the pets life.

So if your pet is starting to itch, please call for an appointment. Allergies can be miserable. We can help. For a couple of years now we have been using Cytopoint and Apoquel with great success. These drugs are very nice because they do not have all of the side effects of steroids.


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Food Shelf Donation Update

Thank you so much for all the donations to the Roberts Food Shelf this year. We are very pleased to have taken $615 and 249 lbs of food to the Food Shelf so far.

For those of you who do not remember, we will do a free nail trim if you bring in a donation to the Food Shelf. We ask for a $10 minimum donation.

Keep up the great work!

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