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Fleas May Win the War, If You Don't Seek Appropriate Advice

Brace yourselves. With all the unseasonably cool weather and record rain across much of the country this spring, veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden says fleas may put their bites on unprotected pets in record numbers. In fact, even before this year, flea populations have been escalating at alarming rates. Fleas are more than merely a…

19 Cats and I Have Fleas, Reader Question

Q: I have 19 cats, and have noticed many have scabs and flea bites, and some of the cats are miserable. The original Advantage worked fine, but Advantage II does not. On the web, I learned better choices are cedar oil and diatomaceous earth, but these methods require handling all the cats, which I can’t…

Flea Control, It's About How to Use the Products

The way flea  products are used matters. According to veterinary parisitologist Dr. Michael Dryden, professor of veterinary parasitology, in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University, some products really easier for some pet owners to use than others. Here’s 100 seconds on the topic.

Best Flea Product Is Easy to Use

No one wants fleas. Veterinary partisitologist Dr. Michael Dryden of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine did a comparison of two different flea products. Dryden reveals the result of his study on Steve Dale’s Pet World. Dryden talks about the way which consumers use the products. If people can’t properly apply the product, well, really – at least…

Ticks In the Cold? It's True. Tick Protection Should Be Year-Round

No one likes ticks – they’re gross…Dr. Suzanne Causey, a field services veterinarian at Merial stopped by Steve Dale’s Pet World to talk about protection our pets from these dangerous parasites. Listen HERE. Most pet owners (hopefully) think tick disease, and protection for our pets in Spring and Summer….but protection shouldn’t stop there, she says.…

Questions Answered: Catnip on a Plane; New Drug Can Help FIP Cats; Lyme is a Huge Threat

Q: We’ll be traveling to the Miami area by plane to see relatives for Thanksgiving. My daughters are both cat crazy, so we bought some really potent catnip at a local cat show and would like to take it to them. We’ve been storing it in the freezer. What happens when we go through airport…

Veterinarians Are the Best Resource

“Just wait,” warns Dr. Ernie Ward of Calabash, N.C. “Those ticks are just waiting for a big rain, wherever you live, to emerge. Because of the mild winter, and then hot and dry spring, ticks have been out in waves.” The tick season began as early as April in parts of the Northeast, and it…

Summer Safety Tips from Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center

This is optimistic – here are summer safety tips (which means summer is upon us!) from Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center. Here a  few hightlighst: Asphalt: Minimize your pet’s time on asphalt. It heats up quickly, burns paws and causes overheating. Beaches, Boats & Pools: Not all dogs are good swimmers. When on or…

Voluntary Recall Notice for One Lot of IVERHART MAX Tablets

On Monday, March 26, 2012 Virbac AH, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of a single production lot of IVERHART MAX® Chewable Tablets. Affected Product:  IVERHART MAX Chewable Tablets, Lot #110482 (Large, 50.1 – 100 lbs) The lot number is stamped on the side lid/flap of the box in a white text field and on the…

WGN Radio Petcast: ParasitePalooza – Fleas,Ticks, Heartworm

Click HERE to listen to this WGN Radio Petcast. (May take a moment to load) Due greatly to weather conditions, it’s thought this will be a banner year for fleas, ticks and mosquitoes that transmit heartworm disease. First up, fighting fleas with Dr. Dwight Bowman, veterinary parisitologisst at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and…

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