Fleas, Fleas, Everywhere!

flea closeupWe are seeing a significantly higher than the usual number of cats and dogs with fleas this past month. If your pet is more itchy lately, especially on his or her back and around the tail, this is suspicious for having fleas. They may be very difficult to detect in low numbers. Most of the affected pets we are seeing with fleas have not had the benefit of monthly usage of preventive products, but others have. This has raised the question of failure of these products due either to not using these products consistently, not treating all the dogs and cats in the household for the past 6 months or resistance of the fleas to these products. Flea collars and flea baths are a thing of the past and are not effective in controlling or killing fleas. Continue…

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We were able to diagnose and cure a condition that would have proven fatal without medical intervention. What a wonderful thing for her and her family.

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Chikis is a 1 year old 16 lb unspayed female dog. Her owner brought her in to us because she was listless for two days and her urine was reddish. On examination Chikis seemed generally painful and her gums were pale. Initial blood tests showed very regenerative anemia (making many new red blood cells), icteric serum (yellow serum with an elevated bilirubin) and hemoglobin in her urine. Here is a radiograph (X-ray) of Chikis. Double click the image below to open it in another window with the correct proportions. Continue…