Parasites and Pets
Parasite protection is important, join us during the month of March as we help you prepare for parasiticide season with updated CAPC prevalence maps, recent news, and our exclusive articles and infographics.
No Fleas Please Scavenger Hunt
Brush up on your flea detection skills and help us create a flea-free zone.
Solve each clue to spell out a promotion code, and then use that promotion code to receive $25 in select Henry Schein Brand products at no charge.
- Find the first letter in the first word of the text on the Parasites and Pets page.
- Go to page 6 of the March Product Guide. Find the first letter in the second word on the blue box on the bottom left.
- Find the second letter in the name of product #049673.
- On henryscheinvet.com, visit the Practice Preferred page and find the first letter in the third word underneath the Practice Preferred headline.
- Find the first letter of the headline in the blue box above “Industry News” and “HSAH Resources” on the Parasites and Pets page.
- Go to the blog posted on February 19th to henryscheinvet.com, find the third letter in the second word of the headline.
- Find the fifth letter in the name of product #019501.
- Go to the “Break the cycle” infographic, find tip number 6 and the final letter of your promotion code will be the second to last letter in the sentence.
Over 70 species of mosquitoes are capable of transmitting heartworm and can be found in most geographical areas. Both cats and dogs are at risk, so protect your patients with year-round prevention and annual testing.
Although the majority of naturally exposed dogs remain clinically normal, when canine Lyme disease does occur, the most common signs are fever, polyarthritis, lymphadenopathy, and anorexia.
Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome, a potentially fatal condition caused by a virus carried by Asian longhorned ticks where they are endemic, interferes with TPL2 gene activity, suppressing the body's immune response and allowing the virus to proliferate, according to researchers who studied SFTS in ferrets. The findings, published in Nature Microbiology, are helping researchers develop a vaccine, says first author Younho Choi, a development that could combat a serious public health worry as the tick is found in more parts of the US. Read More
Topical fluralaner plus moxidectin and emodepside plus praziquantel were 100% effective at eliminating Capillaria spp., hookworm and Toxascaris spp. ova after a single dose in infected cats, and both were more than 99% effective in clearing Toxocara cati infection, according to a study published in Parasites & Vectors. Adverse effects included mild alopecia and hair discoloration at the administration site in two cases. Read More
Town & Country Animal Hospital in New Boston, N.H., posted photos on Facebook showing engorged ticks and warning pet owners that parasite control must be continued throughout the winter. Ticks burrow into leaf litter beneath the snow, commonly along walkways, and many stay active all year. Read More
Preparing for Flea and Tick Season
Communicate and Educate
As you know, a common misconception is that flea and tick prevention isn’t necessary during colder months. You are in a position to properly educate your clients on the dangers of neglecting preventive treatments in addition to guiding them through what treatments are best for their pets. A strong education and preventive care program can account for up to 45 percent of annual clinic revenues, and increasing testing compliance can increase practice revenues an average of $90,000 (HSAH, 2014).
Test and Treat
Testing for tick-borne illnesses can be scary for a client. How you approach the process is important; a careful choice of words can have a calming effect during the testing process. CVC educator Adam Birkenheuer, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, recommends that you start by carefully wording your intentions to test in order to control the client’s expectations. For example, say you are going to see whether their dog “has been exposed to ticks” as opposed to “tick-borne diseases.” Once the test is complete, you can more delicately explain that your client’s pet has been exposed to ticks rather than just saying their pet has Lyme disease, for example. Use rhetoric to guide your client into the necessary further testing and treatment sensitively and effectively.
Regular testing may also uncover hidden conditions. For example: Ehrlichiosis canis is endemic in the southern states of the U.S. and is transmitted through tick bite. There are symptoms, but it is not uncommon for a seemingly healthy, active dog to test positive to E. canis. Standard treatment should also include yearly testing because studies show that some dogs might remain reservoirs of tick-borne disease even after treatment.
In accordance with the CAPC’s recommendations, year-round prevention is recommended for dogs in tick-endemic regions. From vaccinations to monthly flea and tick protection, Henry Schein carries a variety of preventive options for your clients.
Many veterinarians have collected a mental list of reasons owners have given them for not needing flea prevention for their pets. There are a few arguments you can make when you hit these roadblocks.
- Remind them that it’s not a cleanliness issue. Even the cleanest of homes is susceptible to flea infestation.
- Indoor pets can get fleas, too. Remind them that even indoor pets are outside for brief periods, and beyond that, we can bring fleas into the home on our own clothing.
- “I haven’t seen any” isn’t an excuse. Remind your clients that flea prevention is just that…prevention. Not treatment.
- There are multiple preventive medications. If your client had a bad experience with a specific medication, remind them that there are many options.
Ticks are found in every state, and tick-borne diseases can spread rapidly from region to region. Tick-control products and Lyme vaccinations are the best forms of protection. Simple identification and education are critical first steps in prevention and care. Remind your clients to check for ticks regularly. If a tick is removed within 24 hours of biting, risk of infection drops dramatically (HSAH, 2014). Here are five common ticks, their indigenous locations and the diseases they can potentially transmit.
Deer Tick (ixodes scapularis)
- Commonly found in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic and upper Midwestern regions of the United States.
- Transmit: Lyme disease and anaplasmosis
- Commonly found throughout California, but it has also been found in other western states along the coast and inland, as well as in Canada.
- Transmit: Lyme disease and anaplasmosis
- Commonly found in most states east of the Rocky Mountains, California, Idaho and Washington, as well as Canada.
- Transmit: Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Brown Dog Tick (rhipicephalus sanguineus)
- Found throughout the United States and Canada, and is also likely to live indoors.
- Transmit: Ehrlichiosis
- Commonly found in the middle-southern, central and southeastern regions of United States, as well as along the East Coast and in Canada.
- Transmit: Ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever (HSAH, 2014)
Essentials oils are a growing trend in medicine, even veterinary medicine. You may come across pet owners that are using them for fleas and ticks. D-limonene, Melaleuca, and Pennyroyal are some oils commonly used on dogs for flea and tick prevention. However, they can cause mild to severe side effects including: dermatitis, oral irritation, lethargy, vomiting, salivation, ataxia and muscle tremors. Educate your clients about the potential risks of essential oils and then counsel them accordingly.
To give your clients a better understanding of flea and tick life cycles, try these related handouts. Henry Schein produced a descriptive chart of canine flea, tick and heartworm products. Access it here. Provide this helpful handout with information about avoiding and getting rid of home flea infestations. Henry Schein provides a useful infographic with important facts about flea and tick control that you can post in your clinic.
Contact your Henry Schein Animal Health sales representative online or at 855.SCHEIN.1 for help in practice data analysis and identifying resources to increase patient compliance and enhance the bottom line of your practice.
Pet owners don’t always understand the importance of prevention. Spread the word with our digital infographics about the ways parasites affect their pets’ health and home environment. They’re easy to share through email and social media!
ALL PETS DESERVE PROTECTION
Henry Schein Animal Health is proud to support year-round parasite prevention for all pets. Offering a variety of products – at varying price points – allows you to offer a solution for every pet’s (and client’s) need.
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