Check Your Pet for Ticks

Ticks love moisture and the warmer temperatures that come with springtime.  Ticks are found throughout the United States  in wooded and shaded areas and are drawn to humans and animals by carbon dioxide, scent, motion and body heat.   Ticks feed on blood and can be hard to detect by the host because their saliva contains an anesthetic.  Even if you are using some type of tick preventative such as Frontline Plus, any visible ticks should be removed.  Pets that are active outdoors should be checked at least once a day; ticks like to attach around the head, neck, ears and between the toes.  In some areas, your veterinarian may suggest using a tick collar such as Preventic which contains amitraz, a chemical that is proven to be effective against ticks. Tick prevention is an important part of caring for your pet because they can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, Canine Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF), Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis and Canine Tick Paralysis. You can get your tick prevention products at http://www.vetdepot.com .

Dietary Supplement for Dogs is Recalled

On April 12, 2010 Response Products, Broken Bow, NE voluntarily recalled the product Cetyl M for Dogs due to a possible Salmonella contamination.  The possible contamination is from the hydrolyzed vegetable protein component provided by Basic Foods of Las Vegas, NV.   The FDA and Basic Foods of Las Vegas had detected Salmonella in Basic Food’s facility and had issued a recall on the vegetable beef flavoring, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, which are components of Cetyl M for Dogs.  Response Products has recalled all products that came from lot numbers 1210903 and 0128010 which can be found directly above the bar code on the label for Cetyl M for Dogs.  The believed to be affected Cetyl M for Dogs was distributed nation-wide in either 120 count bottles (shipped between 1/8/2010 -4/2/2010) or a 360 count bottle (shipped between 2/11/2010-4/2/2010).

Pets and people can be infected with Salmonella.  People who come in contact with the dry pet food or treats can get infected especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after handling.    If infected, the person would have some of the following symptoms; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever, and sometimes more severe symptoms.  If pets become infected they can become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting.  Some pets could experience decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.  Some pets can even be carriers while showing no symptoms and can infect other animals or humans.  If a person or pet is experiencing some of the above mentioned symptoms after handling the Cetyl M for Dogs, they should contact their physician or veterinarian.  Consumers may contact Response Products at 1-877-266-9757 with questions or concerns.

Fleas Not Resistant to Leading Treatments

Some users of popular once-a-month flea control treatments question if fleas are developng a resistance to the treatments after seeing fleas persist on their pets.  Veterinarians are put in a difficult spot trying to decide whether there is actually a resistance or if it is due to improper application or the environment.  More often than not, the Veterinarian prescribes a new spot-on and the issue continues.  In a recent article in Veterinary Practice News, Michael Dryden, DVM, Ph.D., a professor of veterinary parasitology in Kansas State University’s Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology says, “I have investigated homes that by owner description sound like there could be a resistance problem but found, when I looked closer, there was always a reason for the failure.  None was ever resistance.”  Veterinarians need to take the time to educate clients about what to expect from these medications and how to properly use it.

“Sometimes clients are simply mistaken about their compliance.  One client swore she was doing everything as instructed, but when we asked her to come to the clinic to demonstrate her application technique, we found that she hadn’t opened the pipette.”   As seen by Jay Stewart, DVM, of the Companion Animal Parasite Council and the owner of Aumsville Animal Clinic in Aumsville, Oregon.  It is important to pay close attention to the results of spot-on insecticides in order to determine if ever a resistance does occur.  There are more than 400 North American flea species that can carry a plethora of diseases for pets and humans.  The leading topical flea treatments include Frontline Plus, Advantage, and K9 Advantix.