At County Animal Clinic, we look forward to welcoming you, your dog, and your cat. Everyone on our staff believes that the better we get to know your pets, the better we can provide the best possible health care for them. In fact, when you come in, you'll see exactly why our veterinarians are praised for their kind and thorough care. We'll give you and your pet all the time you need, and never rush through an exam. We'll also carefully track the course of your pet's care, which is so important to your pet's long-term health.
We have been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. That means we are voluntarily inspected and maintain the highest standards in all areas of Veterinary Medicine including pain management, surgical protocols, equipment standards, record keeping, continuing education and facility maintenance.
In every case, you'll be served by experienced, knowledgeable members of our staff. Our veterinarians, veterinary technicians and other pet-friendly personnel are trained to the highest standards. Their knowledge of the latest veterinary medicines and procedures ensures that all our pet patients get the best in prevention and healing methods.
Local Medical IssuesFleas are small brown wingless insects. The female flea lays eggs on the host (dog, cat, etc.) and the eggs fall into the environment. There are 3 larval stages, 1 cocoon stage, and development into an adult over a variable period of time depending on the outside temperature. However, in a warm house the flea takes about 3 to 4 weeks to complete its life cycle, and this can occur all year round. Female fleas can lay 20-50 eggs per day, and flea larvae move deep into carpets, wood floors, or outside soil.
Upon biting and obtaining a blood meal from the host dog or cat, the flea saliva can be very irritating and induce an allergic response. Further problems can occur from incessant scratching and self trauma, and in large numbers fleas can cause enough blood loss to lead to anemia. Fleas also serve as a means of transmission of other parasites such as tapeworms, (by swallowing the flea) and some dangerous blood parasites (Hemoplasmosis in cats), (Bartonella in cats,dogs, humans). Fleas will also not hesitate to bite humans!
There are multiple products available to help with flea control. No product will be 100% effective for the entire time between applications, but regular use is a step in the right direction. Topical products such as fipronil (Frontline) and selamectin (Revolution) have a high efficacy in controlling fleas as well as ticks (Frontline) heartworm, roundworm, hookworm, and ear mite infections in cats (Revolution). These products concentrate in the sebaceous glands below the skin, where they continue to release into the surface for about 1 month, when they are reapplied. Proper application and dosing is generally met with high efficacy and have proven safe for chronic use. Reactions are few, but should be reported to your veterinarian and medication discontinued.