Health and Money Saving Special We all know that fleas are a problem and a nuisance for your pet and for you! The itchiness, bugs on your pet, in your house and possibly biting you. The cleaning involved in removing these fleas from your pet and your house can be a major undertaking. Going hand in hand with the problems of fleas is another, more serious issue: TICKS. Ticks are visually small but can pose a far greater health issue to you and your pet: Lyme disease, ehrlichia and anaplasmosis to mention a few. Sadly, these diseases can seriously compromise your pet’s quality and / or life. It literally can only take 1 tick to cause devastation to your furry friend. There are 4 basic ticks in Illinois Although at least 15 species of ticks occur in Illinois, only a few of these ticks are likely to be encountered by your pets and people: American dog tick, lone star tick, blacklegged (deer) tick, brown dog tick and winter tick. Because of the ticks varied life cycle and that ticks will be present anytime the temperature goes above freezing, we are strongly encouraging flea and tick control be given all year long using Frontline Plus (topical) or Nexgard (oral). We have teamed up with Boehringer Ingelheim the makers of Frontline Plus and Nexgard to offer a great money saving offer to our clients to help their pets remain flea and tick free throughout the next 12 months. • Buy 9 Nexgard, get 3 FREE. When you purchase 12 months of Nexgard you will save $58.00 (3 free) and receive a thermal tumbler to keep your drinks hot or cold every day of the year. This offer valid thru 12/31/2017. • We will also enter your name into an in-clinic raffle for a $20.00 Emagine Theater Gift Card. Drawing date will be November 1, 2017. Ticks have four life stages: egg, six-legged larva, eight-legged nymph and adult. After the egg hatches, the tiny larva (sometimes called a “seed tick”) feeds on an appropriate host. The larva then develops (molts) into the larger nymph. The nymph feeds on a host and then molts into an even larger adult. Both male and female adults find and feed on a host, then the females lay eggs sometime after feeding. There are two groups of ticks, sometimes called the “hard” ticks and “soft” ticks. Hard ticks, like the common dog tick, have a hard shield just behind the mouthparts (sometimes incorrectly called the “head”); unfed hard ticks are shaped like a flat seed. Soft ticks do not have the hard shield and they are shaped like a large raisin.

July 25, 2017

 

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