Let’s revisit my last entry when I said that it was too cold to open the windows… well the last few days have shown us that spring is on its way!
Today the girls have opened a majority of the windows in the clinic to let that spring breeze in and I have been migrating from the back to the front of the building and back again to enjoy the view from each window. I have to say that in my travels, I have noticed an abundance of other creatures venturing about: from ants and spiders to the occasional squirrel – and Laney if you throw enough treats down the hall!
With the weather getting warmer I would like to remind all you animal lovers that us cats (and dogs I guess) come out of hibernation to enjoy the sun on our backs and the breeze in our whiskers. But there are others who lurk in the shadows… who feed on our blood as it heats in the excitement of the season. I’m talking about fleas and ticks!
Did you know that ticks are considered an arachnid? This means that they are related to spiders! And spiders we all know are creepy little buggers that like to scare us when we least expect it. Well ticks are that annoying cousin that wants to go everywhere with you once they have latched on hard enough. The ideal situation for them consists of three must-haves: a roommate to mate with, a cool place to sleep and plenty of food to keep it well nourished – good luck getting rid of it after that! And that’s not even the worst of it! Some ticks are sick and can pass on diseases to the poor animal they are currently residing on while they are feeding.
Fleas need to feed on our blood too! But they have springy legs so it is easy for pet owners to notice that they are there. They are just as difficult to get rid of because they reproduce like rabbits and new offspring will hatch every couple of weeks. That means you can have an infestation on your hands and your poor cat (or dog… likely dog if you have both) will suffer the consequences.
I just want to point out that my blood is a part of me and I am not going to let some creepy little bugs suck me dry! So I am going to sit here and meow until one of the girls remembers to put on my flea prevention. As far as I am aware, there is no prevention available to protect cats from ticks but I know that they still bite cats because living in a veterinary hospital, I have seen it all! I’m sure Laney has some ticks hidden in her folds. They love cool, dark places to nap.
I have noticed that a lot of clients are stopping by recently to pick up Advantix or Bravecto for their dogs. I think it’s because they are outside all the time so they need a product that will keep those gross ticks from biting. Every year the dogs are also tested for those diseases I mentioned earlier. Good thing I live inside! I don’t want to be left outside without all the protection I can get from those little monsters! But I have a feeling that it’s going to be a busy spring… better move to the window in the back now to keep those flea and tick infested dogs away from my beautiful coat.