Posts from May, 2016
With the recent rains and warm temperatures, our clients have been noticing more issues with fleas on their pets. Fleas are not just a nuisance; they can eat enough blood to be deadly. They also can potentially transmit tapeworms, which look like grains of rice on a pet’s stools and cause itchiness as they crawl out. Fleas also can contain Bartonella, the bacteria the causes Cat Scratch Fever.
The following are some comments and concerns our doctors hear about fleas:
I am safe because I don’t have carpet and my pets don’t go outside. Fleas will come in just like spiders, scorpions and flies can. Protecting your inside pets is just as important as the outside ones. They also love any nook and crevice in a floor. We see a lot of infestations in apartments with indoor only cats.
Why do I keep seeing fleas when I am using a flea prevention product? The life cycle of a flea is four stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. It would be great if in one day all the fleas would grow into an adult, jump on our pet, and be killed instantly. It takes as short as 9 days or many months for the cycle to go from egg to adult.
I am seeing more fleas than ever before. The safe products that we recommend at Cypress Creek Pet Care affect the neurological system of fleas, not mammals like us or our pets. Therefore, they move slowly as they die and are more visible.
I have use “X” twice and I am still seeing fleas. Should I switch products? Once an infestation has occurred and you see fleas, it takes 3 to 4 months to get it under control. Any product you change to the third month will then appear to be more effective. This is a good reason to use flea prevention year round so you never have to deal with a problem again.
The doctors and staff at Cypress Creek can advise you on what flea prevention product would be best for your situation.
For more information: Fleas- Know Your Enemy
Kennel cough is actually a term that we use to describe a hacking cough that can be so harsh as to phlegm. Kennel cough is caused by bacteria, viruses and other microscopic organisms. It is highly contagious between dogs and can take as short as 2 days and as long as 14 days to show signs.
Any dog that breathes the same air as a dog with kennel cough has a chance of contracting it. Even dogs that play at dog parks are susceptible.
The following are the known agents that can cause kennel cough:
• Bordetella Bronchiseptica (bacteria)
• Parainfluenza virus
• Adenovirus type 2
• Canine distemper virus
• Canine influenza virus
• Canine herpesvirus (very young puppies)
• Mycoplasma canis (a single-cell organism that is neither virus nor bacterium)
• Canine reovirus
There are vaccines for only Bordetella Bronchiseptica, parainfluenza, adenovirus, distemper and influenza (H3N8 strain only). The “DHPP” that puppies and adult dogs are vaccinated for contains the distemper, adenovirus and parainfluenza vaccines.
Bordetella, or sometimes referred to as “kennel cough”, vaccine is given orally, intranasally or by injection. It is best given 4-7 days before exposure and lessens the severity when appropriately given. Dogs that are vaccinated the day they arrive at a kennel situation, therefore, do not receive the same protection as those that were vaccinated before arrival.
What do we do at Cypress Creek Pet Care to prevent your dog from contracting this family of coughing agents?
• We require vaccines for distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza and Bordetella.
• We separate all dogs that start coughing from the other dogs.
• We regularly bleach all the kennel wards, every surface, to kill any agents. In between bleaching, all kennels are cleaned daily while a pet stays with us.
• Our staff washes their hands between every pet. Leashes, bowls, and all blankets/towels are washed and disinfected daily.
• Dogs are walked independently and individually outside so as not to spread diseases by direct contact.
• When an outbreak in Cedar Park occurs, we test a random set of patients to assess which agent is responsible for the outbreak so we can target treatment and prevention.
The recent outbreak in our area in July 2015, however, has no known agent on the DNA tests that have been done. . Please let us know if your pet has contracted a cough so that Cypress Creek Pet Care can continue its diligence.
The weather is heating up! Do you know the signs of heat stroke? Look for the following:
Bright red tongue or gums
What do you need to avoid during the heat?
Running with your dog
Leaving your dog in a car or back of a pickup
Leaving outside without shade or water
Playing during the middle of the day
All short nosed, or brachycephalic breeds, such as pugs, bulldogs, boston terriers, even large dogs like Boxers, have a hard time moving air through their nasal passages. Such movement helps cool a dog, as they can’t sweat. These breeds are at high risk of overheating during ‘normal’ conditions.
Older dogs with health issues and young dogs that don’t realize the dangers of the summer heat are also at risk.
What do I do if I think my dog has overheated?
Move to a cooler area, with air conditioning
Start wetting their feet and ears – DO NOT USE ICE- Cooling too fast can harm them
Get them to a veterinarian asap
For more information- go to: https://www.texvetpets.org/article/heatstroke-heat-can-be-fatal-to-your-pet/
I am new to Cedar Park and needed to find a new vet for my pets, one of whom has special needs. As soon as I took the tour, I was hooked. Friendly, knowledgeable staff, and the cleanest vet clinic I've been in.-Chelaine
Loved the TLC and patience given!-Kathy
The staff and Dr.'s are always friendly and we are taken back almost as soon as we get there.-Anonymous
I have been coming to Dr. Schubert for 8 years and she has shown nothing but genuine concern and caring for my animals, through life and death. The staff is also personable and caring, always putting your pet first.-Anonymous
You definitely get the feeling as though they treat your pet as if it were their own.-Sean
We are new to having a fur companion and had lots of questions and concerns regarding our puppy. CCPC addressed the ones that we could remember along with what to expect and their recommendations. -Christel
My pets are part of my family, and Dr. Bouloy really understands. He and his staff are always caring and never too busy to make me and my furry babies feel like we are their main priority. I always leave with a comforted feeling!-Katie
We did not see a Dr...we brought our doggies for grooming and they were in need of attention! She did a GREAT job with both of them and we shall be coming on schedule now that we found her. Thank You!-Carol