I have a spoiled rotten,10 yr old neutered male Shih Tzu, named Kuro. He's also blind, but still my sweet baby!Although it's only him and me now, there's a lot of talking around our house. I didn't realize he knows so many words! Some people say it's repetition, but I prefer to think he's that smart.......
We moved to Michigan from Indiana 4 years ago, and for the first 7 years of Kuro's life, the only expense I had was vaccinations, grooming,and buying toys. ( Lots of toys)
But time passes on and age starts taking a toll, and he started having problems: bladder, tumor on paw,liver enzymes too high, dental work, eye problems,and for the past few months, skin problems.
Dr. Dhaliwal has done all of Kuro's surgeries, and worked with me on the other problems. He never loses his patience, and stays calm while I am asking my 100 questions .
Dr. Dhaliwal is definitely in the correct profession. It seems he has a passion for not only helping animals, but he takes every opportunity to learn new techniques so he can help them even more.
The staff is also very nice. They greet you with a smile, take the time to talk, explain meds,etc. and if Dr. D. doesn't call to check on Kuro after a procedure, the staff will, and that means a lot to me.
Michigan Avenue Animal Hospital is a caring place, and everyone makes sure your pet is given the best care. Whatever it takes to make you and your pet "HAPPY!"
Ticks and Fleas are probably the most common external parasites seen on pets. However, that is not to say that they are the only ones you need to think about controlling. Various mites, lice and flies may also deserve attention.
The threat of external parasites to your pet will vary according to your geographical location and the type of pet you own. Some of them (e.g some species of ticks) can act as carriers (vectors) of disease agents and pass that disease onto your pet, while others may not act as a vector but may themselves cause a problem (e.g. fleas).
In cats and dogs, fleas are perhaps the most common external parasite problem encountered by pet owners. Fleas have been around for a very long time and know a thing or two about species survival so getting rid of a flea problem is never easy.
Fleas “Fleas are a challenge!”
In cats and dogs, fleas are perhaps the most common external parasite problem encountered by pet owners. They have been around for a very long time and know a thing or two about species survival so getting rid of a flea problem is never easy.
Keep the following in mind when tackling fleas on your cat or dog.
They are an environmental problem, not a pet problem. Yes, you will see the fleas on your pet, but those you see are a very small proportion of the total flea population in your pet environment (approx 1% visible to you VS 99% hidden in the environment!). The implication of this is that you cannot hope to beat a flea problem by only treating the pet - you have to include the environment in your plans.
One should not stop the "anti-flea" drive over winter. As it gets cooler, the flea lifecycle takes longer to complete and the presence of fleas may be less obvious. However, the lifecycle rarely stops altogether, even in very cold climates because then the pets are often inside the house with central heating.
While fleas can give rise to a bunch of skin problems in cats and dogs and can act as the intermediate host for a tapeworm, ticks are vectors for some nasty diseases like,Lyme Disease, Rocky Moutain Fever, Canine Ehrlichiasis and Canine and Feline babesiasis. These diseases don't occur everywhere and so it is a good idea to find out from your vet what tick-borne diseases are present in the area where you live and what are symptoms if your pet becomes infected.
A: Demodex mange
Not very common in either dogs or cats and usually associated with animals in poor condition. They can cause severe irritation leading to scratching and hair loss. They lay eggs that look like little white grains of sand attached to the shaft of a hair. Lice are easily killed by most insecticides.
Various flies can transmit some diseases. In most pets and households though they usually represent a nuisance rather than a disease threat. Biting flies in particular can make any animals existence miserable and for this reason alone they are worth controlling. Control measures should start with keeping the environment as clean as possible and can include a host of natural and synthetic products that you apply to the animal and/or environment.
Please remember, that whichever External Parasites you are treating, it is vital that you understand that most of the preparations you use are poisonous (otherwise they wouldn't kill the parasite!) and can harm your pet if not used correctly.