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Watch out for foxtails, mosquitoes, and ticks!

Spring is finally here, which means that we need to be aware of outdoor hazards brought on by our extremely wet winter. All that rain has produced more foxtails than usual, and more habitat for mosquitoes and ticks as well. Pets that spend time outdoors can end up with foxtails in their eyes, ears, or feet. Mosquitoes will breed in even small amounts of standing water, and that increases the risk of heartworm disease.

In the hills, ticks can crawl from the bushes onto your pet. They may be difficult to see because they are very small, and they burrow under your pets fur to attach to their skin. If they are attached longer than 72 hours, they can transmit many diseases directly into the bloodstream and make your pet very ill.

The best prevention is to avoid areas where there are foxtails or ticks, and carefully screen your pet when they come inside. If your dog or cat is shaking their head or sneezing violently or licking their feet, please give us a call. We can help with all your parasite prevention needs.

Also, remember that the first Tuesday night of every month is for “cats-only” office appointments, from 6 to 8 pm.



Office Hours
Closed Memorial Day
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm


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