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dogs playing in waterHot spots or Acute Moist Dermatitis, tends to be quite common this time of year. They typically present as itchy, inflamed, painful, raw areas on your dog’s skin that he or she won’t leave alone. Hot spots can spread rapidly because dogs tend to lick, chew and scratch the affected areas.

Hot spots are caused by anything that irritates the skin. The most common causes are insect bites (think fleas) and allergies, though some dogs have been known to start a hot spot out of boredom or stress-related problems.

Once the skin is raw, the moist area is a perfect “petri” dish for an infection to set-in and grow.

Beware, Creepy-Crawley Season is Upon Us!

flea tick prevention pets

What is the best flea and tick preventative for your pet? Topical? Chewable? Collars? Here at Pet Street we have a variety of options based on your lifestyle and that of your pet.

Things to consider when choosing a flea preventative: duration of protection, mode of action, age of your pet, sensitivities such as skin or stomach issues, activities...how likely is it for your pet to lose a collar or to get hung up on a collar?

Fact: 1 flea can produce 2,000 eggs over it’s lifetime!

Check out these simple tips to help get your pets safely through the dog days of summer:

  1. Dog poolsideProtect against parasites. Summertime is high season for external parasites such as ticks, fleas and mosquitoes, and internal parasites such as hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, tapeworms and heartworms. Talk to our veterinary staff about the best parasite preventative product for your pet's lifestyle.

  2. Keep cool. Schedule long walks and outside playtime during the cooler morning and evening hours. Be aware of hot pavement – our four-footed friends don't have the benefit of flip flops! Make sure your pet has shade and water available at all times during the hot summer months. A kiddie pool can provide enjoyment and a cooling station for our furry friends.

  3. Protect your pet's identity. Summertime means outside time and more travel. Consider microchipping your pet and secure a tag with contact information to your pet's collar.

After witnessing the heartbreak of families facing the passing of their beloved dogs due to complications from undiagnosed Lyme disease, we thought it was time to shed some light on the subject.

Find out how to protect your pet from Lyme disease here.Over the past 18 months, we have had approximately a dozen dogs die from renal failure associated with undiagnosed Lyme disease. Let’s step back for a minute and go over exactly what Lyme disease is and discuss the prevalence in this area.

Here at Pet Street Station Animal Hospital, in the first 10 days of 2018, we have performed 8 Lyme disease tests with 4 of them coming back positive! In 2017, 357 tests were done with 102 being positive. We know there are a lot more cases out there that have not shown symptoms but still have the disease. That is the scary part.

Most of you know that Lyme disease is an infectious tick-borne disease. It was first recognized in dogs in 1985. It is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a type of bacteria called a “spirochete.” The common deer tick is the primary carrier of Lyme disease in the Northeast.

Here in Central New York, we have a high density of people, pets and deer – the perfect recipe for the spread of Lyme disease.

What are the Symptoms of Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease symptoms in dogs differ from those in people, and usually occur much later after the tick bite. Clinical illness in dogs usually occurs 2 to 5 months after a bite from an infected tick. Dogs show several different forms of the disease, the most common symptoms are fever, lameness, swelling in the joints, swollen lymph nodes, lethargy, and loss of appetite.