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Now is the perfect time to start your dog on flea and tick control, according to Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic. Fleas and ticks have been spotted on Hampton Roads-area pets already this Spring, and the bugs will multiply rapidly as the hot, humid summer climate sets in.

Dr. Miele advises starting pets on flea and tick control early — because seeing even one flea is the tip of the iceberg. When you see evidence of fleas (such as flea “dirt” or the adult fleas, themselves), keep this pyramid in mind:

That’s what is living in your house!

Right now, and for a limited time, Little Creek Veterinary Clinic is offering 3-pack NexGard chewables for dogs 4-10 lbs at a price so low that not even the top online pet pharmacies can beat our deal!

Contact Us at 757-583-2619 to get more information on NexGard for your dog.

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NexGard is sold by prescription only, so if we haven’t seen your dog recently — or ever — it must come in for a check-up first, just like with any other prescription medication. Dogs that are seizure-prone or have a history of seizure activity should not take NexGard.

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It’s autumn in Norfolk, Virginia — and we’re still talking about fleas!

Sure, nights in Norfolk are getting frosty — but not nearly enough to kill fleas. Fleas are hardy little bugs, and they’re like heat-seeking missiles. Once fleas get indoors, they want to cuddle with you and your pets. You don’t have to put up with their unwanted advances, though.

At Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we’ve got an arsenal of flea control products on our shelves, designed for use on dogs and cats. Our veterinarian, Dr. Miele, recommends the following flea control products —

Topical spot-ons
Advantage II
Combiva [new]
Revolution (for cats)

Collar
Seresto

Oral
NexGard

Except for Combiva, the products above have special offers for rebates or extra products, through November or the end of the year.

Let’s talk about which flea control product is right for your pet, and stop fleas from settling in for a cozy winter stay in your house.

Autumn brings all good things - and fleas. Photo by Jennifer Miele

Autumn brings all good things – and fleas.
Photo by Jennifer Miele

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Freaky and Fun Flea Facts

Magnified flea. Photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

Magnified flea.
Photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

Did You Know?

  • Fleas lay eggs in your pet’s fur; then the eggs roll and drop off into the carpet, onto the furniture, or outdoors.
  • Squirrels, opossums, raccoons, stray dogs and cats can all carry flea eggs into your yard.
  • Fleas can hatch in as little as 2 or 3 weeks, or they can wait for several months and spring themselves on you and your pets when you least expect it.
  • After they feed and mate, female fleas begin laying eggs within 24 hours.
  • Each female flea produces 40 to 50 eggs per day — which adds up to hundreds of eggs in days or possibly thousands of eggs, given enough time. One pair of fleas can infest your home with their offspring!
  • Don’t forget the cat! Many households are infested because of untreated cats that act as reservoirs for fleas. While you’re picking up flea control for the dog, make sure to buy some for your cat, as well.
  • Common household spots for hatching flea eggs and squirming larvae include: in pet beds, under furniture, deep in carpets.
  • Outdoors, fleas like to hang out in shady, undisturbed areas like porches, decks, stairs, and doghouses.
  • Young fleas go dormant in our winter climate and emerge as adults as the weather warms up.
  • Fleas carry Tapeworms. If your dog or cat swallows a flea while grooming itself, it can get Tapeworms.
  • Cats that have fleas can carry Bartonella henselae – the bacteria responsible for Cat Scratch Disease.

So, how can you control flea infestations at home? Try these methods:

  • Treat all dogs and cats in the household. Ask about safe treatments for other furry friends like ferrets, rabbits, chinchillas, rats, etc. Not all products are suitable for pocket pets. When in doubt, check with the manufacturer.
  • Indoors, vacuum regularly. Lift and move furniture for a thorough cleaning.
  • To treat carpets and upholstery, try a safe product like Fleabusters Rx for Fleas.
  • Wash pet bedding and people bedding routinely.
  • Keep baseboards and nooks and crannies clean.
  • Eliminate weeds and brush piles; keep the lawn mowed.
  • Keep rodents away from your home.
  • Treat your yard with outdoor flea control products.

 

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Information for this article was adapted from the Companion Animal Parasite Council and dvm360.com.

This article was originally posted on Aug. 22, 2014.

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You asked for it — we’ve got it!

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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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Bayer Animal Health, the makers of Advantage II flea control products have amassed many years of research, trial and error, to develop the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Flea Control (as I call it.)

They are:

1. Treat all cats and dogs in the home.
Why? Because cats and dogs can get fleas from each other or from an infested environment.

2. Apply Advantage II once a month, every month, all year-round.
Why? Because flea infestation can be a year-round problem —  especially in a region such as ours, which does not experience a deep freeze in the winter.

3. Choose the correct product for your cat or dog.
Why? Because products for different species and weight bands deliver different volumes of the flea treatment.

4. Use one tube per cat or dog; be sure to apply the tube’s entire contents.
Why? Because each tube is designed to be one full application for one animal only.

View application videos for cats and dogs.

5. See package insert for complete product and application instructions; read instructions carefully to be sure you apply the product correctly.*
Why? Because different products have different application sites; in order to aid distribution, the product must be applied directly to the skin on the correct application site.

Bayer recommends a soap-free shampoo like HyLyt.

6. Keep pets separated immediately after application.
Why? Because pets could groom the product off each other if they’re not separated.

7. Continue to use the product on a monthly schedule.
Why? Because treating monthly, all year-round helps prevent flea reinfestation.

*Your best source of information for proper flea control application is your veterinarian and staff. You won’t get extra tips and information (which is not always listed on product inserts) when you buy flea control at the store or online. On your next visit to our clinic, ask us what else you need to know about proper flea product use.

Bonus tip: Also treat the house and yard for the best protection against fleas.

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This post originally appeared on August 29, 2013.

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It’s that time of year again:  At our veterinary clinic, we’re seeing dogs and cats with itchy ears, faces, bellies, feet and rumps – not to mention the dreaded “hot spots.” Add dry, flaky skin, fur loss, excessive licking and chewing (especially at the feet), scabs, and fleas and you’ve got one unhappy furbaby. To make matters worse, damaged skin is prone to bacterial “staph” infections, which can be difficult to eradicate.

There are some things you can do at home to ease your pet’s allergy symptoms, especially in the case of allergens which are inhaled or absorbed through the skin (known as atopy.)

1Keep your pet’s skin moisturized – from the outside. Dry skin allows allergens to more easily pass through the skin barrier and cause itching. Use a rehydrating shampoo (we like Hydra Pearls) plus a separate conditioning rinse or spray.

Allow the shampoo to contact your pet’s skin for 10-15 minutes. That is forever in dog-bathing time, but that’s what it takes for the shampoo to be effective.

If the shampoo is the non-lather kind (many are) don’t add more; doing so will just make rinsing it out all the more difficult. Which brings us to the next tip:

Rinse your pet’s coat thoroughly, to remove all soap. Follow with a cream rinse or leave-on conditioning spray (such as Dermal Soothe Spray.)

2. Keep your pet’s skin moisturized – from the inside. Ask your vet about powder or capsule-type Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) supplements, like Free Form Snip Tips. Skip the fish oil supplements designed for human use; your pet has its own EFA requirements that can’t be met with a human product.

3. Rinse your pet with plain water to remove allergens, daily if necessary. Most pets won’t need a full-blown sudsy bath daily or even weekly. But a cool water rinse can help take the heat off, as well as physically remove pollens that can cause your pet to itch. If a daily rinse is not realistic, try targeting your pet’s problem areas with a damp cloth, especially after your pet has been outdoors.

4. Apply your pet’s monthly flea treatment every month, even if you aren’t seeing fleas (which means the treatment is working!) For a hyper-allergic pet, a single flea bite can touch off a serious inflammatory response.

For more complex issues, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medication may be necessary. Your vet may also suggest a six-month elimination diet to rule in or out food allergies. A trip to the veterinary dermatologist may also be in order, especially for young animals that will be dealing with lifelong allergy problems.

If your pet is suffering from allergy symptoms, schedule a vet visit to get recommendations and treatments tailor-made for your dog or cat. There really is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating allergic pets, so be prepared for some amount of experimentation to see which method gives your pet the most relief.

Est. 1973

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NOTE: This article is for general informational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat any diseases, or take the place of a client-patient-veterinarian relationship. If you have questions about your pet’s health, your veterinarian will be your best source of information.

This post originally appeared on August 27, 2013 and on April 17, 2014.

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Sentinel Spectrum now available by special order
nvsentinelspectrum (250x250)Looking to upgrade your dog’s heartworm preventative?
Ask us about Sentinel Spectrum – the once-a-month chewable that protects against heartworms, whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms, while preventing a flea takeover of your house.

If your dog is a current patient at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic and is up-to-date on its heartworm blood test and preventative medicine*, making the switch is easy: just call us and tell us you’d like to order Sentinel Spectrum.
*Some pets may need a check-up and heartworm blood test before beginning Sentinel Spectrum.

Did You Know?
Labrador Retrievers have been the most popular dog in the U.S. for 24 years, according to the American Kennel Club. The breed originated in Newfoundland, Canada, and has been recognized by the AKC since 1917. 

Events Around Town

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June 5,6,7,12,13,14th: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: The Musical at the Little Theatre of Norfolk. Get your tickets today for this hilarious romp based on the 1988 movie starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine. Order online at ltnonline.org.

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Saturday, June 13th:  JazzBoy Memorial Dog Parade at Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach, to raise funds for TeenAIDS. Space is limited; $20 per dog. Parade begins at noon. Register online teenaids.org.

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Saturday, June 13th: The Catholic Arts Commission presents “Sister’s Summer School Catechism: God Never Takes A Vacation” to raise funds for local charities and Virginia Musical Theater. At Sandler Center in Virginia Beach, a one-night-only special performance. Tickets are $25 at CatholicArtsCommission.com.

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