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Fleas can be more than just a nuisance.  Fleas can cause a number of health difficulties for your Dal.

  • A flea’s bite can cause skin allergies, and Dalmatians are prone to allergies.
  • Flea saliva can cause dermatitis, a skin problem which causes severe itching.
  • If your Dal happens to swallow an infected flea, the flea could transmit parasites such as tapeworms.
  • A severe flea infestation can lead to more serious problems, such as anemia.

Fleas can be a problem despite the weather temperatures because  they can live indoors for a long time.

The life cycle of the flea lasts three to four weeks, but if temperature and humidity are not perfect, they can lie dormant. Undeveloped fleas can survive in carpeting and pet bedding for up to six months and sometimes  longer.

 

Dog Park Etiquette 101

Now that warmer weather is here, it’s time for a trip to to the dog park!

It’s important to remember a few tips to make your outing fun for everyone.

  • Study up on doggie body language—know what both playful and aggressive behaviors look like.
  • Leave toys that your dog is not willing to share at home.
  • Make sure your dog comes when called. Don’t let your pet give dogs coming into the park an overwhelming welcome. Respect dogs who need their space.
  • Know your dog’s personality and avoid dogs they might feel uncomfortable around.
  • Don’t take your dog to the park if they are sick, behind on vaccinations, younger than 4 months old, or have any behavioral issues.

Based on information published by trupanion.com/pet-safety

Let’s See Those Pearly Whites

February Is National Pet Dental Health Monthsmile

Dental disease is a serious matter for dogs. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reports that 80% of dogs have some kind of oral disease by age 3. Red gums, yellow teeth, and smelly breath could be signs of a serious problem. If untreated, dental disease could lead to continuing pain issues and, sometimes, even behavioral problems.

Warning Signs of Dental or Gum Disease

  • Bad breath
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Yellow brown crusts of tartar along the gum lines
  • Bleeding gums or pain

Prevention Is Best

One way you can take an active part in preventing dental disease is by using an important tool that we humans use every day. Yes, even our four-legged friends need a toothbrush, and they are very affordable. You can find the ones we recommend here.

A soft-bristled toothbrush should be used to clean your pet’s teeth daily to remove any food particles and prevent the buildup of tartar and plaque. Make sure to use only toothpaste that is specially made for dogs.

Having trouble getting your pet to open wide?

More products are available

Whimzees Toothbrush Dental Dog Treats are wholesome chews that promote healthy teeth and fresher breath. They are plant based and come in a variety of fun shapes and sizes that your canine is sure to love. Large treats are recommended for dogs between 40 and 60 lbs.

Benefits

  • Re-sealable Velcro closure keeps treats fresher longer
  • 100% vegetarian
  • Wheat free, gluten free, and sugar free
  • High in fiber for a healthier digestive tract
  • No preservatives,  artificial flavors or colors
  • Removes tartar and plaque build up
  • Freshens breath
  • Safe for everyday use

Oratene Drinking Water Additive

Oratene Drinking Water Additive  is a flavorless concentrate that is added daily to drinking water to provide the safest and healthiest way to keep teeth clean without brushing.

This additive inhibits odor-causing bacteria and reduces plaque formation by making  plaque water soluble. It is unable to stick to the tooth.

Benefits

  • Contains no alcohol
  • Removes plaque while inhibiting odor causing germs
  • 100% safe for daily ingestion, cannot overdose
  • Improves oral health
  • pH neutral

Staying Healthy

Staying on top of your best friend’s dental health has lasting and positive results. Some studies show that healthy teeth and gums can add up to five year to your pet’s life.

Now is the perfect time to call your veterinarian and schedule a dental checkup for your furry buddies. It’s not just a February thing. Dental health should be a concern all year long.

 

 

 

Heartworm Disease is Preventable

Don’t take a chance!

Mosquitoes are a constant nuisance to pets and their owners, but they can also pose a serious threat as organisms which can transmit parasites from one animal to another. In fact, mosquitoes are an essential stage in the lifecycle of heartworms because heartworms must pass through mosquitoes while in their larval stage before they can mature in a host animal. Once the heartworm passes through the mosquito and enters your pet’s bloodstream, the parasite can breed and cause permanent damage to vital organs.

If left untreated, a heartworm infestation can develop into heartworm disease which can lead to lung disease, heart failure, or death. Don’t take a chance. Make sure your pet is protected.