Posts Tagged ‘fleas’

Time for a pop quiz!

Q: Is “flea season” over?

A: Trick question — in Hampton Roads, flea season never ends!

The series of photos below depicts flea dirt (aka flea feces, aka flea poop) removed from an indoor-only cat this past week.

Fleas can transmit Tapeworms and the bacteria that causes Cat Scratch Disease. Large numbers of fleas can cause anemia, especially in puppies and kittens, and weak or sick pets. Additionally, some pets are highly allergic to flea bites, resulting in extreme itching and fur loss.

Get the facts about fleas.

Clients, please Contact Us for a flea product recommendation for your dog or cat.

Flea dirt dry and wet

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True or False: Indoor-only cats don’t need parasite prevention

FALSE.

Even cats that stay indoors their entire lives are at risk for parasitic infections. Why?

Because mosquitos, which transmit heartworm disease, often sneak into our homes.

Because fleas, which transmit tapeworms, often reside in our homes.

Because flies, which transmit roundworms, often buzz around inside our homes.

And if your cat is anything like mine, it loves to chase, catch, and eat bugs!

These are just some of the reasons your cat’s feces should be checked by the veterinarian, one or more times a year, for parasites.

It’s also why Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, recommends Revolution for indoor and outdoor cats. Revolution protects your cat against fleas, heartworms, roundworms, (and ear mites!)

Double-click the graphic below to learn more about cats and parasites — then Contact Us about protecting your indoor cat from heartworms, tapeworms, and roundworms.

Infographic on cats and parasites

Double-click to enlarge.

 

Originally published on April 16, 2015.

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Are you wondering whether it’s okay to pause your pet’s intestinal worm protection during the chilly winter months?

Don’t do it! Worms can be found in the cozy, warm intestines of dogs and cats, even during the winter, and their eggs can be deposited into soil where your pet might pick them up. Fleas and houseflies are also carriers of intestinal parasites, like Tapeworms and Roundworms, respectively.

Dr. Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, discovered eggs of Tapeworms, Roundworms, Hookworms, and Whipworms in the stool samples of numerous patients over the past month. Take a look at what we’re finding in cats and dogs this winter:

Click any photo to enlarge for detail.
All photos taken at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic
(Norfolk, VA) under microscope.




If your pet has been off its heartworm / intestinal worm protection this winter, Contact Us to request a parasite screening as the first step to getting your pet protected again.

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Attention concerned dog owners: As the weather warms up, fleas and ticks will be out in full force. And since dogs [and their owners] become more active outside in the warm weather, they will be more exposed to harmful pests.

At Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we’re stocked up on 8-month Seresto flea & tick collars for dogs of all sizes –PLUS we’ll help you get a $15 manufacturer rebate!

Contact Us to reserve a Seresto flea & tick collar today!

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*In our opinion.

Do you like to win awards, be recognized for your achievements, and get jealous glances from your friends and family? Do you wish your pet could experience the grandiosity of winning a MAJOR AWARD? Then Little Creek Veterinary Clinic has just the thing for you!

Behold: The Clean As A Whistle Award, granted to dogs and cats whose stool samples are determined by microscopic examination to be free of parasites, parasite eggs, blood, and foreign objects.

Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian, recommends that all dogs and cats living in the Hampton Roads area have their stool examined at least twice a year.

Here is a list of parasites or their eggs that we may find on microscopic examination of the stool, which  cannot be seen with the naked eye: Coccidiae, whipworms, hookworms, mange mites. And although you may see adult Tapeworm segments and Roundworms in your pet’s stool, it is possible for those same worms to reside in your pet’s gut, undetected, while shedding microscopic eggs that you can’t see.

Even indoor pets can be exposed to parasites. Fleas carry Tapeworms, and bugs such as flies and cockroaches can carry Roundworms. If your pet likes to catch bugs, she may be catching a whole lot more!

Getting your pet’s stool sample examined is easy. You collect the sample (we can provide a container for this purpose), bring it to us, and we’ll do the rest. [Testing fee applies.]

And if your pet’s poo is happily free of any parasites or other items of concern, we’ll e-mail this certificate that you can print out and post in a place of honor in your home:

 

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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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