Steering Clear of Lyme Disease in Dogs

BartonHeights_iStock_000039999632_LargeWhile it may seem a little early in the year, springtime is prime tick season. Besides the fact that ticks are just gross, they can carry several nasty diseases that can be transmitted to your pets (and you).

One of the more common tick-borne diseases in this neck of the woods is Lyme disease, a bacterial infection that certain species of ticks can carry. While it is not possible to eliminate ticks from Pennsylvania, it is possible to prevent the effects of Lyme disease in dogs. Keep reading to learn how to protect your pet.

Learning About Lyme Disease in Dogs

Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi that is carried in the tick’s digestive system. Not just any tick can carry this infection, it is specifically transmitted by the Ixodes, or deer, tick. Continue…

How to Save on Pet Meds: Do Online National Pet Pharmacies have the Best Deal? 

Online, national pet pharmacies such as 1-800-PET-MEDS and big box retailers such as Petsmart, Walmart, and Target want you to believe that they have the lowest price on medications for your pet.  But most of the time your veterinarian has the best price on medications. 

Your Best Deals on Pet Meds are Local:

Veterinarians receive special offers from the drug companies that allow us to have better pricing on some of the common pet medications such as flea and tick preventative and heartworm preventatives.  Not only can your veterinary hospital offer competitive pricing on these medications, but you also get professional advice about the best medication for your pet. 

Veterinarians get special promotions with Advantix where clients can buy 6 tubes and get 2 free.  Rimadyl offers a rebate on purchases from a veterinarian.   Other specials on products occur throughout the year. 

And there’s more…

The veterinary staff can help make sure you are using the best products for your pet so they do not have any reactions or side effects.  Your veterinarian can also help rectify any problems if your pet has a problem with a medication.  This is something retailers and online stores cannot perform.  So if you are searching online at national pet pharmacies for a great deal on pet meds, call your local veterinarian…Give us a call and we can help you and your pet! 

 

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