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You probably already know that topical flea control works best when applied directly to your pet’s skin — not on top of the fur.

But did you know that there’s an important step you can take to help the flea control product spread properly, every time? 

It’s brushing! Brushing or combing your pet will remove old, loose fur and clear the path for the topical flea control product to spread over your pet’s body at the skin level, as intended.
(Bonus: removing old, loose fur also keeps skin healthy and prevents fur matting.)

Even pets that appear to have a short, smooth coat can have a sneaky layer of last season’s fur hiding underneath. For this post, I used a metal flea comb and a wire brush to remove old fur from Curly’s coat.

Why grooming your cat before applying flea control products is important

Curly, showing off his handsome coat, after grooming. Flea control application will be much easier now.

 

Removing old loose fur from your pet's coat makes it easier to properly apply flea control products.

Curly’s fur, removed by combing and brushing. (Shaving not required!)

 

Topical flea control spreads at the skin level more easily after old loose fur has been removed.

Removing the thick loose fur makes it easier to apply flea control directly to the skin.

 

This cat has fun playing with the old loose fur that's been taken out of his coat to allow flea control products to be applied directly to his skin.

Curly enjoyed being reunited with his old coat.

Enjoy this video of Curly playing with his fur!

Bonus tip: keep your pet active for at least 30 minutes after applying topical flea control, which helps the product spread faster and more evenly over your pet’s body.

 

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It’s that time of year again:  When my red car turns yellow, it means the pollen count is elevated and allergy season is upon us.

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.)

1. Keep 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 recommend HyLyt Shampoo) 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.

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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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If you have pet owners on your Christmas list, or you just want to pick up something handy for your own furbabies, you can shop at the vet’s office. 

Take a look at our Christmas gift basket to get a few ideas:

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Left to right in the basket:

HyLyt shampooa gentle, hypoallergenic moisturizing shampoo that promotes healthy skin and coat

Pill crushercrush pills into a fine powder and make them more palatable by mixing with food

Seresto collar for dogsup to 8 months of flea and tick control in one collar

Grooming glovesmall plastic studs remove loose fur and dirt while you pet your cat or dog

Free Form Snip TipsOmega 3 fatty acids promote healthier skin and coat, immune system, and joints

Jumbo nail trimmereasy-to-use nail trimmer for dogs and cats

Flea comb — closely-spaced teeth remove fleas and flea dirt, along with loose fur

VetzLife Oral Care gelremoves tartar from teeth and freshens breath; available in mint or salmon flavors

 

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Est. 1973

Was your car covered in yellow dust this week? That’s the official sign of the beginning of Allergy Season. With that in mind, we’re re-running this article on ways you can protect your pet from allergy symptoms this Spring and Summer.

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It’s that time of year again:  Sticky yellow pollen begins coating our cars, clothes, and canines. At the vet clinic, we start to see dogs and cats with itchy ears, faces, bellies, feet and rumps. Add dry, flaky skin, fur loss, excessive licking and chewing (especially at the feet), scabs, and fleas and you’ve got one unhappy furbaby.

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

1. Keep 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.

***********************************************************************************
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.

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Yes!

If you have pet owners on your Christmas list,
or you just want to pick up something handy for your own furbabies,
you can shop at the vet’s office. 

Take a look at our Christmas gift basket to get a few ideas:

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(Click to enlarge)

Left to right in the basket:

HyLyt shampoo – a gentle, hypoallergenic moisturizing shampoo that promotes healthy skin and coat

Pill crusher – crush pills into a fine powder and make them more palatable by mixing with food

Seresto collar for dogs – up to 8 months of flea and tick control in one collar

Grooming glove – small plastic studs remove loose fur and dirt while you pet your cat or dog

Free Form Snip Tips – Omega 3 fatty acids promote healthier skin and coat, immune system, and joints

Jumbo nail trimmer – easy-to-use nail trimmer for dogs and cats

Flea comb – closely-spaced teeth remove fleas and flea dirt, along with loose fur

VetzLife Oral Care gel – removes tartar from teeth and freshens breath; available in mint or salmon flavors

 

 

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Bayer Animal Health, the makers of Advantage II and Canine Advantix 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 or Advantix 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.

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*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.

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A tear-sheet listing Bayer’s 7 Tips for flea control is available at our office.

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