Fleas are wingless insects with a lifespan ranging from 14 days to one year. Although tiny in size and not always visible to the human eyes, fleas can jump as high as two feet. They can’t survive and reproduce without a living host. The following symptoms are common indications of fleas or ticks in dogs and cats:
- Droppings that resemble grains of sand or tiny white eggs on the fur
- Excessive biting, licking, or scratching
- Fur loss
- Gums appear pale
- Scabs and hot spots
You’re most likely to spot these blood-sucking parasites on your pet’s head, neck, ears, and feet. Ticks live in tall brush and grass, making it easy to jump onto your pet’s body. Unfortunately, indoors pets aren’t immune from ticks since they can get into the house from another pet or a person.
Dogs and cats typically don’t show obvious signs of a tick bite. To make matters worse, you often can’t see them until they have become engorged with your pet’s blood. In the meantime, they can transmit diseases such as tick paralysis, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. If your pet goes outside, we recommend running your hands the entire length of his body every night. Be sure to check the underside for ticks as well.
Preventing Fleas and Ticks
You can reduce the flea and tick population in your yard by mowing the lawn frequently and picking up rake clippings and other yard waste. Using a flea comb and doing a tick check daily is the best way to ensure that these parasites don’t have a chance to do serious damage. We also recommend washing your pet’s bedding and toys in hot water weekly as well as providing your pet with year-round protection. Adult ticks like warmer weather May through November and Nyphm ticks (babies) are a year-round issue. They too will spread disease and they are microscopic so you will not feel or see them.
Dr. Ogi or Dr. Wagner is happy to recommend the most effective flea and tick prevention products based on your pet’s species and lifestyle. Keep in mind that we also offer a range of flea and tick products in our online store.
Preventing Dental Disease in Dogs and Cats
Proper brushing and regular dental exams are one key to your pet’s oral health. The other is providing her with nutritious, species-appropriate food. The best pet foods have little or no added fillers. Additionally, they contain enough meat and protein to provide energy. Dental chews for dogs can help reduce plaque and tartar, but you should not give one to your dog in place of regular brushing. The toothbrush and toothpaste you buy should also be species-specific.
To brush your pet’s teeth, have him sit in a relaxed position and then follow these steps:
- Massage the cheeks for several seconds
- Introduce toothpaste by placing a small dab on your finger or a treat and allow her to lick it off
- Place a small amount of toothpaste on a toothbrush and place in your pet’s mouth without brushing
- When your pet appears comfortable with the process, brush the surface of one tooth at a time
- Retract the lips so you can reach the back molars
- Concentrate on the upper and outer molars if your pet only tolerates brushing for a short time
- Gradually increase total brushing time from a few seconds to two minutes
When to Schedule an Immediate Appointment
Please contact Kewaskum Veterinary Clinic right away if you notice any of these symptoms:
- Bleeding, red, or swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Drooling more than usual
- Hesitancy to eat
- Brown or yellow deposits on the teeth
Dr. Ogi or Dr. Wagner checks the condition of your pet’s teeth and gums at every preventive care appointment. He will recommend scheduling a follow-up appointment for any noted concerns.
- Cat Food
- Dog Food
- Small Mammals
- Flea and Tick
- Easy Dose It! (Single doses of medication)
- Eye and Ear
- Skin and Coat
To sign up for an account, to go the registration page by clicking on the icon on the top right of our home page. Once there, you just need to enter your name, email and mailing addresses, and your telephone number. You can also record your pet’s name and species for future reference. That’s all there is to the registration process.
You can start shopping for pet products immediately by navigating to the All Products tab. This brings you the list of the 15 top-level categories listed above. When you click on the product category, you will see several sub-categories that make it even easier to find the specific items you need. Just click on the name of the item you’re interested in to see more details about it. For example, the listing for Royal Canin Cat Food gives a description, feeding instructions, and ingredients.
You can add items to your cart as you go and then click the Check Out tab when you’re ready to finalize your order. The system displays shipping costs and any applicable sales tax before requesting your payment information.
After You Place Your Order
Before MyVetStoreOnline can ship your order, it must go to Dr. Ogi or Dr. Wagner for approval. This is to ensure your pet’s safety. He will contact you with any questions or concerns about the products you ordered for your pet if necessary. It then takes three to five business days after his/her approval for MyVetStoreOnline to ship your order. All orders over $38 ship free via UPS. You also have the option of requesting Next Day Air on most orders. Refrigerated items ship by Next Day Air automatically.
Kewaskum Veterinary Clinic is happy to offer this online shopping option as a convenience to our valued clients.
HOURS BY APPOINTMENT:
1040 FOND DU LAC AVENUE
KEWASKUM, WI 53040-9583
Phone: (262) 626-2380
For after hour emergencies, Monday thru Friday, please call our office at 262-626-2380. On Friday (after hours) through Sunday, please call Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists, which is located in Port Washington at 262-268-7800.