Stop Fleas and Ticks, and Earn Cash Back!

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As we welcome summer back, unfortunately, we have to also deal with the return of fleas and ticks. These parasites are more than just pesky; they can cause a number of health problems for your pet. Fleas can cause allergy dermatitis while ticks can cause Lyme disease—both of which can you leave your dog with some serious discomfort. In extreme cases, these conditions can even be fatal if left untreated.

Animal Hospital of Colorado Springs is pleased to offer Bravecto, a revolutionary product to combat fleas and ticks, and for a limited time, we’re offering two rebate specials. If you purchase two doses (tablets) of Bravecto, you can earn $15 cash back. If you purchase four doses, you can earn $35, so the more you buy, the more you save!

What Is Bravecto?

Bravecto is the only chewable tablet for dogs that provides up to 12 weeks of flea and tick prevention. With just one dose, fleas are killed within hours, preventing any future infestations. One dose also kills lone star ticks for up to eight weeks. These tablets are easy to administer, are safe for dogs of all sizes, and of course…they’re tasty, so your dog will love them!

Once your dog get a dose of Bravecto, the active insecticide ingredient immediately reaching their skin, and you know what that means for fleas and ticks. If any of these critters try to feed on your dog, they’ll also ingest the insecticide and die.

Take Advantage of Our Bravecto Rebate

Animal Hospital of Colorado Spring’s “buy one, get $15 back or buy two, earn $35 back” Bravecto rebate offer is available for a limited time, so give us a call at (719) 579-9488 to purchase your box(es). Your dog will love the taste, and you’ll love the extra cash in your pocket!

National Pet Memorial Day is Sunday

People love their pets. We quickly grow attached to our pets. National Pet Memorial Day is an opportunity to bring closure to the departure of our beloved pets. This special day for pet lovers was established by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Cremoratories (IAPC). It allows us to fondly remember our departed pet(s). There are all kinds of pets. Sure dogs and cats are by far the most popular. But, pets also include rabbits, fish, turtles, ferrets, crabs, snakes, hamsters, gerbils, and a huge assortment of other animals. Your pet would want you to cherish their memory, then move on. Use this special day for this purpose.

There are ways to commemorate National Pet Memorial Day:

  • Spend a few minutes reflecting upon pleasant memories of your pet.
  • If you buried your pet somewhere, go for a visit
  • Contribute to an animal protection group
  • Create a small memorial in a flower garden in your yard
  • Plant a tree or a shrub as a living memorial

Source: http://www.iaopc.com/professionals/national-pet-memorial-day

Labor Day Safety Tips for Pets

1. Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals.

2. Always assign a dog guardian. No matter where you’re celebrating, be sure to assign a friend or member of the family to keep an eye on your pooch-especially if you’re not in a fenced-in yard or other secure area.

3. Made in the shade. Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water, and make sure they have a shady place to escape the sun.

4. Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of paws’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing-or even kidney disease in severe cases.

5. Keep your pet on his normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pet severe indigestion and diarrhea.

6. Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. Ingesting any of these items can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression in your pets, and if inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia.

7. Never leave your dog alone in the car. Traveling with your dog means occasionally you’ll make stops in places where he’s not permitted. Be sure to rotate dog walking duties between family members, and never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle.

8. Make a safe splash. Don’t leave pets unsupervised around a pool-not all dogs are good swimmers.

Source: http://www.dogster.com/the-scoop/labor-day-pet-safety-tips

Car Sickness In Pets

Does your dog throw up in the car when you go for rides? He may be experiencing typical motion sickness, just like some people do. Motion sickness usually begins very shortly after starting the car ride. The dog will begin to drool and then vomit. It’s not serious, but certainly not something that we like to clean up! To solve the problem, first try acclimating the dog to car rides. Do this by simply putting him in the car for a few minutes each day without going anywhere. Then try just going down the driveway and back, and the next day going around the block. Gradually build up the distance and time the dog rides in the car

Sometimes this will help to decrease the dog’s anxiety over riding in the car and may help to decrease vomiting. If that doesn’t work, there are some over-the-counter medications you can try. The medication will need to be given about an hour before the car ride. Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation as to what drug to try and the dosage for your pet.

 

(Never give any medications to your pet without your veterinarian’s advice!) These drugs are safe, with drowsiness usually the only major side effect. But since your dog isn’t driving the car, that shouldn’t be a problem! If over-the-counter drugs don’t work, your veterinarian may be able to suggest another method for curing the car sickness.

 

Source: http://www.aaha.org/pet_owner/pet_health_library/dog_care/general_health/car_sickness.aspx

Firework Safety

With Fourth of July celebrations come good times, parties, and fireworks. Be sure that you keep your pet safe and away from any firework displays. This can be confusing to your pet and make them anxious and frighten them. Keep them in a quiet place. You can even turn on the radio or television to try and drown out the commotion. Also, remember to keep pets away from used fireworks because if ingested, they can cause intestinal upsets.

We hope you and your pet have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July!