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Here is a simple example of the flea cycle. *Brought to you by Comfortis, Elanco.
The scary part is for every five adult fleas you see there are there are 95 more in the other part of the cycle. Maybe this is why many pet owners think these expensive products are not working. The key is to be consistent every month !
We are off to an early start this year! I have been seeing patients regularly the past several weeks  coming in with fleas and flea dirt!
 
 
 
 
FDA
  confirms boots on ground in China



Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials are on the ground in China,
  actively investigating complaints of canine illness associated with chicken
  jerky products imported from China.


Anamaria Castiglia, DVM, veterinary medical officer with the FDA, told
  veterinarians at the AAHA Yearly Conference in Denver that the FDA is working
to  investigate the source of the illnesses.


"We have some boots in China going to the firms to evaluate," Castiglia said.
  "It’s not a clear situation. It’s not clear at all."


In 2011, the FDA saw an increase in the number of complaints it received of
  canine illnesses associated with consumption of chicken jerky products imported
  from China.


Chicken jerky products have been on the FDA’s radar since 2007, when it
  issued a cautionary warning to consumers about the products. In 2008, the FDA
  issued a Preliminary Animal Health Notification, but complaints about the
  product began to drop off during the latter part of 2009 and most of
2010.

Those complaints started to rise again in 2011, prompting the FDA to release another cautionary update about chicken jerky
products  imported from China.


"This chicken jerky episode has really opened up our eyes and we’re being a
  lot more careful than in 2007," Castiglia said.

 
 
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Here is a list of reputable pet insurances.  Be sure to do your homework.  Read the policy, make sure it meets your needs, careful not to under or over insure.
 
 
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Too many trips to the Veterinarian with your pet for inhalant allergy, i.e. hayfever?  Nervous about giving Prednisone regularly?  RESPIT may be an option to consider for your pet.  My friend Jon D. Plant, DVM, DACVD, built on his 20 years of experience with immunotherapy pioneering RESPIT in order to make allergy relief available to more pets.

"Consulting with veterinarians across the country, I realized that the limitations of allergy testing were preventing many pets from receiving immunotherapy.  Yet, studies suggest that knowing precisely what a pet is allergic to is not necessary.

RESPIT allows veterinarians to prescribe immunotherapy to counter the most important allergenic substances found in a region, rather than relying on test results that are often questionable."  - Jon D. Plant DVM
 
 
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We all go to the Dentist regularly but what's going on in your pet's mouth?  (And where is that smell coming from)?  *This is from Virbac Animal Health.
 

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