Checking and Removing Ticks from Your Pets

After a satisfying session outside with your four-legged friend, the first thing you should do is look for ticks. These pesky insects love to hide in long grass where your pooch may pick them up while playing fetching or follow and especially intriguing scent.

Ticks can carry a wide array of diseases, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. These diseases can be every bit as devastating for canines as they are for humans, so it’s worth taking a few extra minutes to thoroughly check your pet. Ideally, these checks should take place whenever your dog spends time outside.

Anti-Tick Products:

Preventic Collars (dogs only) are worn around the neck tightly enough to contact the skin and so your dog cannot remove it. Activity against ticks starts within 24 hours and continues as long as the collar is worn (up to 90 days). Ticks present in the dog’s environment that may reappear on the dog will not attach and will be killed in less than 24 hours. Available at Campus Veterinary Clinic.

Nexgard Chewables (dogs only) are an oral chew given once a month for the treatment and prevention of fleas, and the treatment and control of Black-legged tick, American Dog tick, Lone Star tick, and Brown dog tick. Available at Campus Veterinary Clinic with a prescription.

Seresto Collars (dogs and cats) are worn around the neck and provide up to 8 months of flea and tick prevention. Available at online pharmacies.

 

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Meet Koshi!

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Koshi is a large Russian Blue, and doesn’t feel his age (somewhere between 17 and 20) is relevant. After many years defending his Berkeley territory and befriending his generous neighbors, Koshi retired to an indoor life of leisure with his humans, Rhyen and Chris.

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Enjoys: Lounging by the fire, claiming the sunniest spot on the sofa, demanding fine cuisine (both in his bowl and from yours), contributing to business calls, head scratches, and visits to/from his doting fans.

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Begrudgingly tolerates: Daily subcutaneous fluids and steroid pills, as they allow him to continue said life of leisure.

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Meet Violet!

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How we met:

We found Violet when she was two months old and living with a local foster family from the Sniffing Snouts pit bull rescue group. She was laid back and came with an adult-sized snore. Violet loves to play, especially with other dogs and her foster brother, Phife Dog. But she’s just as happy to be the center of attention in a roomful of people, too. A natural-born ham, we’re convinced Violet is equal parts pit bull and couch potato. We hope once she recovers from surgery that she’ll be able to chase the frisbee again at the park.

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Likes:

— frisbee
— playdates at the park
— naps
— Terry Gross on ‘Fresh Air’

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Dislikes:

— motorcycles
— rain
— watching basketball games instead of cat videos on youtube
— listening to ‘Fresh Air’ when Terry Gross has the day off

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Meet Dorothy!

Dorothy was a senior rescue dog at Oakland SPCA when we met. She had a lot of spirit and we made friends easily. About a year later she was diagnosed with diabetes and she became blind, but never lost her curiosity. She is my constant companion and seems happy as can be!

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Dorothy loves treats, being on the bed with her mama and oddly enough, the vet!

She’s less fond of her housemates (pups) when they suddenly jump on the bed to give her mama lots of surprise kisses!

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