Flea and Tick Prevention: Seresto Collar!

Inexpensive and easy to administer. This simple and easy flea and tick prevention method is probably the most effective per cost value I’ve seen yet!

It’s common for veterinarians to recommended this product, especially here in MD, because all of north American tick varieties can be found here, along with fleas, heart worms and other dog loving parasites! But no matter the parasite density, its better safe, than sorry.

Severe discomfort and suffering occurs if sufficient prevention methods aren’t taken! This area has a minimum of 8 warm (above freezing) months out of the year, for parasites to make hosts out of our pets. It can take less than a week for our pets’ to become infested once contact is made, then throughout our home, and finally, feasting on humans … (… Happy Halloween)!

Tick and flea infestations occur commonly when we think its too cold for them to be active because we will stop actively protecting our pets. However, the rule of thumb is that if it’s below 32 degrees for a week, then those pesky parasites are safely underground borrowed until the next above 32 degree warm day arrives. However, why wait until its warm, to use protection? Nature works in mysterious ways, and I don’t think you should risk a parasite coming out sooner than we think they should! Once that parasite is in the house and lands on your unprotected pet, it can thrive which is how infestations occur - right under our noses! That’s why year round protection is important! Even if you see a flea/tick on your pet, and kill it - chances are it’s too late to stop the disease that the parasite/s has/ve already transmitted. A trip to your veterinarian should be scheduled in that case.

Some common statements pet parents say why they don’t use parasite prevention methods:

Parent: β€œOh but my pet never goes farther than our gate!”

My answer: β€œFleas and ticks, are definitely small enough to…go through your gate…”

Parent: β€œHe only goes outside to pee and poop.”

My answer: β€œParasites can make contact with your pet in a split second. Even with mostly indoor or completely indoor pets; if you, the parent, go outside for a split second for anything, you can pick them up on the soles of our shoes and track them in your home, where they can feed on our pets and multiply!”

 

Seresto Specifications:

The Pad Pack member, Chloe, is constantly protected with her Seresto Flea and Tick Collar during our lengthy trail walks πŸ’šπŸ˜˜

The Pad Pack member, Chloe, is constantly protected with her Seresto Flea and Tick Collar during our lengthy trail walks πŸ’šπŸ˜˜

  • Lasts for up to 8 months

  • Fits like a collar!! (Make sure you are able to put two fingers in the collar for comfortability around pets neck.)

  • Can fit accessories on it like identification tags or some cute bling

  • No Fuss

  • Does not require prescription from rDVM/DVM


Seresto Protects Against:

  • FLEAS

  • TICKS

  • FLEA LARVAE

  • SARCOPTIC MANGE

  • CHEWING LICE

Cost: $58

Seresto flea and tick collars can be found for $58 in a β€œsmall” and β€œlarge” size that lasts up to 8 months, and conveniently found on Amazon! Their collars come in 2 standard sizes which can be trimmed down if you find it’s too big!

Compared to liquid and oral administering types which only lasts 1-3 months (type/brand dependent), adding this product to your pet protection arsenal is simply a no brainer.

There was a client that admitted to me and my resident DVM that the fleas were actually biting her! Her Pomeranian was full of fleas and she apparently had other pets at her home, who, would be safe to assume, also had fleas because the Pomeranian she brough in was totally infested! When fleas become too many on one pet, they search for other hosts, and then jump on us when they need an even bigger host!

As with all new products, and each pet reacting differently, please update your veterinarian and monitor pet to see how they react to your new method of pet protection!

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Anal Glands

Anal glands aka anal sacs, are exocrine glands near the entrance of your cat’s and dog’s anus. However, this post will be in reference to dogs only, as we are more familiar with expressing dogs anal glands.

The purpose of anal glands are to mark territory when pooping but they are also secreted suddenly when the pet is frightened/scared. They are usually identified as a fishy odor, and can have several different textures/appearances, between each pet.   

As a groomer with Veterinary Assistant experience in the small animal hospital, Simone, at The Pad expresses anal glands internally, instead of externally like most groomers. Internal expression is an important skill to have because, the entire sac is felt and allows the person expressing, to accurately know how much content is within or how full the gland is prior to expressing. This gives the owner a far better idea for how often their pet should have an expression instead of doing it too often which could void natural expression completely from irritation. If glands are less than 1/4 full, The Pad will not express your pets anal sacs at that time!

Signs of Full Anal Glands:

  • Scooting 

  • Licking rear

  • Fishy odor near rear

  • Inconsistent behavior / unusual behavior i.g not eating

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Do you think to your self β€œDoes s/he have worms?!” after your pet scoots on the floor? If your pet is mostly indoors and you are consistent with administering their topical parasite (flea and tick) prevention, then you can try the very simple methods below to aid in natural expression.

  • Include Fiber in Diet: Cooked bland string beans and carrots allow for bigger poops which puts added pressure on the anal glands allowing more secretion!

  • Longer Walks: Strengthens the rear muscles enabling stronger bowel movements which adds pressure to the anal glands, helping with secretion!

Supplements are available at your rDVM and online. Please consult your rDVM before adding something new to your pets diet as every pet is built differently! https://amzn.to/35ieqSP

Tail Wags,

The Pad