Buffalo Companion Animal Clinic
1214 Hwy 25 N
Buffalo, MN 55313

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Spring Has Sprung! Is Your Pet Protected from Fleas & Ticks?

 
 

Hello and thank you for reading my blog. I'm Carlos, and I had to talk about fleas and ticks again because they are just so pesky. Also, they are hanging around even more now that spring is here, just waiting to feast on a lovely feline like myself or one of my dog friends. Keep reading to learn more about the nasty diseases these parasites carry and what my friends at Buffalo Companion Animal Hospital recommend that you do to control them.


Diseases Carried by Fleas and Ticks
Fleas can carry cat scratch disease and tapeworm in addition to causing severe allergic reactions in sensitive dogs and cats. Ticks may transmit Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, and several other serious diseases. It's essential to treat your pet with a flea and tick preventive before these parasites do serious damage to her health.

Consider Your Flea and Tick Prevention Options
Dogs and cats need flea and tick preventive all year long, but it's even more important in the warm weather seasons. Below are the options that the Buffalo Companion Animal Clinic recommends for your pet.

  • Bravecto is an oral chewable pill that provides flea and tick prevention for up to three months. Bravecto comes in a variety of flavors and sizes.
  • Parastar Plus is a topical solution that is applied to a spot on the back and works systemically for one month. 

Consider Your Pet’s Lifestyle
Cats who stay indoors need less aggressive flea and tick prevention than dogs who regularly spend time in the woods or tall grass. However, you need to treat all of your pets whether they go outside or not. That is because fleas and ticks can easily get into your home on shoes or clothing and then seek a new host. Additionally, don’t stop treating your pet if she doesn’t seem to display signs of having these parasites. That means the preventive treatment is working, but fleas and ticks will quickly return to an untreated pet.

We’re Here to Help
Our staff understands that it can be challenging to choose an effective flea and tick prevention program for your dog or cat. We are happy to provide you with a recommendation after evaluating your pet. Please contact Buffalo Companion Animal Hospital to schedule a consultation or ask your veterinarian for a recommendation at your pet’s next wellness exam.

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Consider Acupuncture for Your Pet's Chronic Pain

 

Hey everyone, it's Carlos! My friends here at Buffalo Companion Animal Clinic would like you to know about a cool way to help your pet feel better.

If your pet suffers from a chronic painful condition such as arthritis or degenerative disc disease, undergoing acupuncture at Buffalo Companion Animal Clinic can finally provide him with long-term relief. Acupuncture helps to stimulate blood flow at the points where joints and muscles meet. This process helps to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling because it stimulates the body's natural self-healing capabilities. Improving blood flow also helps to rid the body of waste and toxins while improving oxygenation at the same time. 

Depending on your pet's specific diagnosis and pain level, we can use acupuncture in addition to medication or in place of it. With acupuncture, you don't have the same concerns about possible side effects that you do with medication. Over time, pets learn to enjoy each session because they associate it with relaxation and positive attention from both you and our staff.

What to Expect with Veterinary Acupuncture

Dr. Alyssa Erlandson is a veterinary doctor in addition to being certified in acupuncture since 2005. With regular acupuncture, Dr. Erlandson inserts tiny needles in your pet's body at the point where blood vessels and nerve bundles intersect. This process, called the dry needle technique, provides pain relief by improving blood flow. Other types of acupuncture that Dr. Erlandson can provide for your pet include:

• Aquapuncture: The injection of specific liquids, including diluted Vitamin B12, exerts an energetic force in your pet that pushes against diseased or painful tissues to facilitate healing.
• Electroacupuncture: This involves electrical stimulation of the body between the points where Dr. Erlandson has inserted dry needles. The electrical stimulation relaxes muscle spasms and helps to restore nerve mobility.
• Moxabustion:  In addition to dry needles, applying a heated Chinese herbal compound to the painful areas helps to relieve muscle stiffness and chronic pain.

Each session of acupuncture at Buffalo Companion Animal Clinic lasts between 10 and 30 minutes. It may take a few sessions for you to notice a marked improvement in your pet’s pain level. We recommend that you schedule a few sessions a week initially. After your pet starts showing steady improvement, she may only require one session every several months. 

We care about animals and know how hard it is to see your furry loved one experience pain. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions about acupuncture or would like to schedule an appointment.

 

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Carlos Says: Keep Those Pests Away from Me!

It's summer, and that means I should be able to watch birds and soak up some rays from the comfort of my backyard, right? As much as I would love to see what life outside my door has to offer, certain parasites make that hard to do. The fleas make me scratch, the ticks carry frightening diseases, and many different kinds of worms want to live inside of my body. Yuck! 

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Ectoparasites Are Just Looking for a Ride

Fleas and ticks are ectoparasites, meaning they think my delicate fur is their personal apartment. Their persistent burrowing into my skin causes me to scratch in frustration. If you don't evict them quickly, fleas can eventually leave me with a condition called allergic dermatitis. I've seen some of my friends struggle with that, including the canine ones, and it's no fun at all. Even worse, fleas can transmit diseases to my human friends and other animals. I urge you to talk to one of our Buffalo Companion Animal Clinic veterinarians about a year-round flea control program before that happens.

Ticks just tick me off. I'm rolling around in the grass minding my own business when they latch on and use my blood as a drinking fountain. They also like to carry terrible infections around with them, such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and pass it along to unsuspecting cats like myself. Ticks don't discriminate, though. They can also make dogs ill just by being their parasitic selves. If you have a dog or a cool cat like me, make sure you check for ticks from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail every day.

Endoparasites Like Living on the Inside

Humans think worms are slimy and ugly, but for me they can actually be life-threatening. Whether it's heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, or another type, they all survive by getting inside of my body and then reproducing. When they take over, I may not be able to breathe. I will also show that I'm sick in many other ways, such as sleeping a lot, not wanting to play, and saying no to food. Fortunately, my human is responsible and makes sure that I have the preventive medication I need to keep these worms away from me. Not all of my cat and dog friends are so lucky. If you know their owners, let them know their pets depend on them to stay healthy and parasite-free this summer.

Until Next Time,

Carlos

 

 

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