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Little Creek Veterinary Clinic now carries NexGard Chewables – the monthly oral flea and tick protection by the makers of HeartGard.

NexGard Chewables kill fleas before they can lay eggs, and it keeps working all month long.
Because NexGard is an oral flea treatment, your pet can be bathed or go swimming as many times as you like, without sacrificing flea control efficacy.

NexGard is proven to kill Black-legged ticks, American Dog ticks, Lone Star ticks, and Brown dog ticks – all month long.

NexGard is safe to use in dogs and puppies 8 weeks and older, weighing 4 or more pounds.

Little Creek Veterinary Clinic now has for sale NexGard Chewables for dogs weighing 4 pounds – 60 pounds.

NexGard Chewables are a prescription medication — so we will need to see your pet before we can dispense it.

Contact Us today at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic and ask about Nexgard Chewables flea and tick treatment for dogs.

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Nexgard 4

Merial (the maker of HeartGard Plus and Frontline) has introduced
a brand-new weapon in the war on fleas: NexGard.

NexGard uses a unique ingredient (afoxolaner), which fleas and ticks have not had a chance to “get used to.” Many researchers and pet owners are beginning to suspect that fleas are becoming resistant to chemicals which have long been on the marketplace.

To combat parasiticide resistance, Merial has developed NexGard.

NexGard is a safe, once-a-month chewable treatment that kills adult fleas and deer ticks, lone star ticks, and American dog ticks for 30 days. It is approved for use in dogs and puppies 8 weeks of age and older, weighing at least 4 lbs. (NexGard is not for use in cats.)

NexGard is the first and only chew that kills both fleas and ticks.

NexGard is beef-flavored, but it won’t trigger your pet’s beef allergies. And unlike Comfortis, it does not need to be given with a meal.

NexGard is a prescription drug, sold by your veterinarian.

We are currently making NexGard available for dogs weighing 60-121 lbs. If you would like to be one of the first to try NexGard for your pet, please Contact our office.

BONUS for HEARTGARD PLUS users: Receive a $25 rebate when you purchase 6 doses of HeartGard + 6 doses of NexGard from us. Rebate forms are available at our office.

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We published this post last year, but it’s as true now as it was then: tick populations are on the rise across the US, even in the southern states.

According to a recent interview with leading parasitologists, published by Veterinary Practice Newswe can expect to see more ticks this year for the following reasons:

  • Warmer winters
  • Suburbanization, which brings together people, wildlife and ticks
  • An increase in white-tailed deer
  • Migratory birds that carry ticks to new areas
  • A movement toward the preservation of open space and the replanting of trees
  • The use of fewer insecticides

This news is cause for concern for everyone. Those of us who have dogs and cats that venture outdoors must not ignore the risk to our pets. That means protecting our pets, as well as ourselves.

Ticks are carriers for the following six diseases:

  • Lyme Disease
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Anaplasmosis
  • Babesiosis
  • Tularemia
Baked bean? Nope – it’s an engorged, dead tick, thoughtfully preserved for the enlightenment of future generations of pet owners. Photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

Baked bean? Nope – it’s an engorged, dead tick, thoughtfully preserved for the enlightenment of future generations of pet owners. Photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

Get links to articles on each disease here and learn how to protect yourself and your family.

We can help protect your pet with a Lyme Disease vaccination and a Seresto collar, so let us know if you and your pet will be doing any of the following activities:

  • hiking, especially in wooded or grassy areas, such as state and public parks
  • camping
  • travelling
  • hunting

Of course, ticks can be found right in your own backyard, so keep an eye out for these pests – and if you see one on your dog or cat, tell us!

In fact, we’ve begun hearing from more clients who are finding ticks on their cats — and those cats are not going hiking with their owners. That means ticks are very much a backyard problem in this area.

Found a tick on your pet?
Watch this video from About.com that explains the Do’s and Don’t’s of tick removal.

Need a tick removal device?
I searched Amazon.com and came up with this list of tick removal devices, including the crow-bar type shown in the video.

Other resource on the pending tick explosion:
Companion Animal Parasite Council

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Originally published April 9, 2013.

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According to a recent interview with leading parasitologists, published by Veterinary Practice News, we can expect to see more ticks this year for the following reasons:

  • Warmer winters
  • Suburbanization, which brings together people, wildlife and ticks
  • An increase in white-tailed deer
  • Migratory birds that carry ticks to new areas
  • A movement toward the preservation of open space and the replanting of trees
  • The use of fewer insecticides

This news is cause for concern for everyone. Those of us who have dogs and cats that venture outdoors must not ignore the risk to our pets. That means protecting our pets, as well as ourselves.

Ticks are carriers for the following six diseases:

  • Lyme Disease
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Anaplasmosis
  • Babesiosis
  • Tularemia
Baked bean? Nope - it's an engorged, dead tick, thoughtfully preserved for the enlightenment of future generations of pet owners. Photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

Baked bean? Nope – it’s an engorged, dead tick, thoughtfully preserved for the enlightenment of future generations of pet owners. Photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

Get links to articles on each disease here and learn how to protect yourself and your family.

We can help protect your pet with Lyme Disease vaccinations and Preventic collars, so let us know if you and your pet will be doing any of the following activities:

  • hiking, especially in wooded or grassy areas, such as state and public parks
  • camping
  • travelling
  • hunting

Of course, ticks can be found right in your own backyard, so keep an eye out for these pests – and if you see one on your dog or cat, tell us!

In fact, we’ve begun hearing from more clients who are finding ticks on their cats — and those cats are not going hiking with their owners. That means ticks are very much a backyard problem in this area.

Found a tick on your pet?
Watch this video from About.com that explains the Do’s and Don’t’s of tick removal.

Need a tick removal device?
I searched Amazon.com and came up with this list of tick removal devices, including the crow-bar type shown in the video.

Other resource on the pending tick explosion:
Companion Animal Parasite Council

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     Is it wrong to get excited about gross bugs? Not in this business. In fact, searching out the little nasties is part of our job.

     Recently, a cute little pup was presented to us, after having been rescued from straydom in a southern state. The new owner reported that the puppy’s littermate had been examined by another vet who discovered ticks and lice externally and worms internally. That’s a lot of parasites for one puppy to deal with.

     Our client took her pup to a groomer, who did an excellent job of killing and removing the ticks and lice. Next, we examined the puppy and, as expected, also discovered numerous Roundworm eggs in its stool sample:

Roundworm eggs. Photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

Magnified view of Roundworm eggs. Photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

       Also during this visit, we removed from the puppy’s skin what looked like a tiny brown flake. But the microscope told a much different story:

Legless louse! Photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

     The “flake” turned out to be a dead louse that appears to be missing its legs. Let’s all have a moment of silence for the poor dead louse.

*silence*

     I don’t know about you, but I feel better. The good news is that lice tend to be host-specific, meaning that dog lice prefer dogs and not humans. Still, how many of you are going to be feeling itchy for the rest of the day after seeing that photo?

 

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     If you’ve been following along with our Under the ‘Scope series, you know I’ve blogged about Tapeworms, Hookworms, and Roundworms.  (If you haven’t read those posts, click on the links and read them now.) 
     I mentioned in the last post that I’ve been hoping to show you photos of Coccidiae and Whipworms, as well.  As it turns out, we’ve had a recent spate of dogs, both young and old, battling Coccidiae.  This is what we’ve seen under the microscope:

This is what we see at "medium" magnification. Photo by Jennifer Miele.

     Not too helpful, is it?  Coccidiae (that’s the plural of “coccidia”) are among the tiniest parasites we search for in your pet’s fecal sample.  Now look at this photo with some of the coccidia oocysts (spores) labeled for identification:

Click to enlarge and read the labels. Photo by Jennifer Miele.

     Now look at the oocysts under higher magnification:

Two highly magnified coccidia spores. Photo by Jennifer Miele.

     Now look at the coccidia as seen under an electron microscope:

     If you’re thinking that looks an awful lot like a jellyfish at the Virginia Aquarium, you’re right.  I have no idea how that snuck in there.  My apologies to everyone who reads this blog.  Anyway, now you know where I spent my Sunday. 

     Okay, let’s try this again.  Coccidia spore under super-intense hyper-fraznik electron microscope:

EEEEEEEEK! Photo by Jennifer Miele

     All right, all right, I’m messing with you.  Little tiny coccidia spores do not grow up to become sharks.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is, if your cat or dog is infected with these protozoan parasites, it may suffer chronic or intermittent diarrhea.  Left untreated, the infection may progress to the point that your pet has bloody stools, vomiting, and loss of appetite.  In rare cases, death may occur.

     Treatment for coccidiosis (the disease cause by the coccidia infection) is effective and uncomplicated, provided the illness has not progressed to a serious level.

     Coccidia species tend to stick to dogs and cats as their hosts.  A notable exception is Toxoplasma gondii, which causes toxoplasmosis in humans.  Many women are familiar with this disease, as it is to be avoided at all costs during pregnancy. 
     Toxoplasmosis can be contracted by handling cat fecal matter or contaminated litter.  For this reason, a pregnant woman should ask someone else to clean the cat’s litterbox, or she should wear thick gloves and wash well after the task is completed.

     There is no preventative product on the market for coccidiosis.  Your pet should remain on its heartworm/intestinal worm preventative year-round, even though it will not protect against protozoan parasites. 
     Be vigilant in noticing whether your pet’s bathroom habits have changed.  If you suspect a parasite infection, notify our clinic so that we may examine a specimen under the microscope.  Who knows?  Your pet’s parasites could be the next ones featured on Under the ‘Scope!  ~~  Jen

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