Thanksgiving and your pets.

travel with petAre looking forward to the Thanksgiving holiday as much as I am? Sometimes we can get all the plans ready to travel or prepare to entertain and then remember at the last minute to make arrangements for our pets. Try to schedule ahead of time . If you are entertaining at home, please do not allow guests to feed your pet from the table. If going out of town you might try pet sitters, a neighbor , friend or family member for those pets that get stressed out easily at boarding facilities . Your pet may do well at his or her favorite doggie daycare or overnight boarding facility. Whichever is best for your pet is worth it in the end. We treat a lot of pets for anxiety these days and the options now are very safe for pets. We don’t always have to sedate them to get the best results. Is your pet having some medical problems that will need to be taken care of before you leave town? Is there a skin infection or flea problem that is still lingering since the summer? I would encourage you to have us check these things our before your dog or cat is boarded or is left with a family member, friend or pet sitter. We are available for suggestions and treatment options for your pet so that your fur-family can have the best holiday as well as you !


Do fleas and ticks on my pet present a health risk to my family?

Yes. Fleas and ticks can carry and either directly or indirectly transmit several potential illnesses of humans. For example, rickettsiosis (infection with Rickettsia) can be transmitted directly by ticks. Bartonellosis (infection with Bartonella) is transmitted between cats by fleas and then may spread to people. Also, fleas serve as an intermediate host for tapeworms, which can infect both your pet and humans.
Parasites can infect your pet any time of year. External parasites, such as fleas and ticks, may be less prevalent outside during certain times of the year; however, they often survive in the house during the winter months, creating an uninterrupted life cycle. Other internal parasites, such as worms, may affect your pet all year long. That’s why it’s
important to consult with Dr. Sherrod to implement a year-round parasite control program.
visit CAPC for more information about parasites and your pet.