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Sample Newsletter: September 2015
No Pleas for Fleas
Fleas are parasites, and they are not welcome in our home—especially on our pets. We make no excuses for them because they cause our pets misery. If we don’t put our foot down, and stop what starts as just one or two fleas, they can quickly turn into an infestation. However, insisting that fleas stay out of our home is easier said than done. Here are seven obstacles that may be preventing us from preventing fleas:
- We don’t know where the fleas are coming from. They’re coming from another location that is infested with them, such as a yard or park.
- We don’t realize that wild animals, such as opossums and raccoons, visit our yard where flea eggs drop off of them and into the yard.
- We don’t think indoor cats get fleas. Our cat may not go outside, be we do. Fleas can jump on us at the park…and hitch a ride all the way home.
- We believe insecticides for the yard will keep fleas out of the house. That might help for flea eggs, larvae, and pupae, but adult fleas don’t stay in the yard.
- We don’t understand a flea’s life cycle, so we expect instant relief. The truth is we might see more fleas for a time after the initial treatment.
- We don’t know how flea prevention works, so we expect lasting relief with just one treatment. However, prevention is not a cure. New fleas can always find us.
- We don’t want people to think we have a dirty house, so we don’t talk about fleas with our vet. Please be assured, the vet doesn’t think our house is dirty.
Fleas have no excuse. Let your Northeast Animal Hospital vet help you keep these pesky parasites away. Please call to make an appointment!
Xylitol is Toxic to Dogs
An increasing number of peanut butter brands are replacing sugar with xylitol in their products. Xylitol is safe for human consumption as a sugar substitute. However, xylitol is toxic to dogs. Even in quantities measuring 1 gram or less, it has reportedly resulted in hypoglycemia, seizure, liver failure, and death to dogs that have ingested it. In fact, xylitol is estimated to be 100 times more toxic to dogs than chocolate!
If your dog enjoys peanut butter—or any other human food—as an occasional treat, please read the food label to ensure the ingredients don’t include xylitol. If you believe your dog has eaten something containing xylitol, please call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline (800-231-6680) immediately.
September is Happy Cat Month
Do you have a happy cat? Then celebrate Happy Cat Month!
Don’t have a happy cat? Then celebrate Happy Cat Month!
The CATalyst Council offers 10 ways you can keep—or make—your cat happy, not just in September, but all year round.
There are many ways to show your cat how much you love him or her. But did you know there are many ways to tell how much your cat loves you? You know your cat is happy when he or she:
- Brushes her face or body against you, since giving you her scent is her way of claiming you as her own
- Grooms you as he would another cat, because he accepts you as family
- Follows you into a room, because she is looking for your company
- Plays with you, even by racing or wrestling, because he trusts you
- Kneads your skin, just as she did her mother’s belly to get more milk as a kitten
- Lies on his back to expose his belly, since he is comfortable being vulnerable with you
- Brings you a “gift” she has caught, because she wants to give something back
- Blinks or gets “sleepy-eyed” when you stare at him, because you are not a threat to him
- Purrs as you pet her, as this is the universal sign of cat contentment