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    Cocker Spaniel

    Cocker Spaniel

    There are two kinds of Cocker Spaniel, English and American. The major difference between the English and the American Cocker is that the American is smaller with a shorter back and muzzle. Cockers can be any solid color or parti-colored.

    The first Cocker was the son of a Sussex Spaniel and a field spaniel. While the breed got its start in Spain it developed in England as a hunting dog. The term “cocker” comes from their use to hunt the Eurasian Woodcock. When it was brought to the US there were changes made to enable the Cocker Spaniel to hunt American Woodcock.

    Cocker Spaniels usually live to be between 12 – 14 years old. They are predisposed to ear infections because of their floppy ears. They can also be prone to eye diseases and skin infections.
    Cockers are sweet, loyal, playful dogs that need to be gently trained from an early age. If not properly trained they can become unruly or shy.

    Golden Retriever

    Golden Retriever

    Golden Retrievers were first developed in Scotland. The original cross was of a yellow-colored retriever with a Tweed Water Spaniel. The Tweed Water Spaniel is now extinct. Goldens were used as gundogs to retrieve shot waterfowl.

    Golden Retrievers of British breeding have coat colors of any shade of gold or cream, never red or mahogany, as some of the American bred Goldens have.

    Cancer is the leading cause of death in Golden Retrievers. They are also susceptible to hip dysplasia, eye diseases, joint and heart diseases, and allergies.

    Goldens are kind, friendly, and confident. They are generally equally amiable with strangers and friends alike. Golden Retrievers are calm, naturally intelligent and eager to please. They are commonly used as guide dogs, mobility assistance dogs, and for search and rescue.

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    Product Spotlight

    Great Life Products

    Introducing Great Life!

    We are now carrying Great Life, a holistic dog and cat food. Developed by Dr. Elliott Harvey in 1996, Great Life is a natural food in which they use ingredients that start at the high end of the nutrient spectrum. Great Life is an enhanced superior natural dog and cat food made with their exclusive “Nutri-Coat” system. “Nutri-Coat” is made from a layered, freeze dried meat source and organic freeze dried raw greens and fruits and vegetables, loaded with pre and pro-biotics. The kibble is then enclosed in natural salmon oil, keeping all of the nutrients alive. This gives the food the benefits of a raw diet without the mess.

    There are many different varieties of Great Life kibble for dogs; Buffalo, Chicken, Lamb, and Venison. There are also grain and potato free versions. As of right now the only formula for cats is Salmon, but they hope to have Chicken available sometime in the near future. Canned food is also available.

    Great Life is one of the few foods for dogs and cats that have never been recalled. They strive to make the best natural food for our pets. Feel free to stop by the clinic to pick up a sample or to speak to one of the veterinarians about switching your pet to Great Life.

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    Protect Your Pets

    It’s That Time Again!
    Flea and tick season is upon us once again, is your pet protected?

    There are many flea and tick products out there, how do you know which one is right for your pet? We try to help you match up the flea and tick protection that best fits your pet’s individual needs.

    Frontline PlusFrontline Plus: Many of you are probably familiar with this popular flea and tick control. It has been available for over a decade and has a very good safety profile. After Frontline is applied to the back of the neck or shoulder blade area it spreads over the skin and into the oil glands at the base of the hair. It will then get slowly secreted out of the hair follicle for about 1 month. Frontline Plus will not repel fleas or ticks but will kill them shortly after they get on your pet. Frontline Plus works great against fleas but we only consider it about 90% effective against ticks. Over the last year we did see a lot of failures in the flea and tick control of Frontline but in all of these cases the product was not bought through a veterinarian but through another retail outlet. When we contacted Merial, the manufacturer of Frontline, about these failures they stated that “Frontline is a product of Merial, a veterinary supply company. The company has not authorized the sale of any of its products in retail outlets. This means that if you didn’t buy it at a veterinarian’s office, there is no guarantee that the product will be effective.”

    In other words in order to guarantee that you are getting the right product that was stored and manufactured correctly you need to continue to get it through a veterinarian.

    Revolution and SentinelRevolution: A topical product, available by prescription only, which enters the bloodstream through the skin. Not only does Revolution help protect against fleas but it also protects against heartworm disease, sarcoptic mange and some intestinal parasites. Revolution does not protect against deer ticks, but does kill the American dog tick. We will usually recommend Revolution when we are worried about dogs being exposed to mange. It is also a great option when paired with a Preventic tick collar to increase dear tick control.

    Sentinel: Is not only an oral heartworm preventative for dogs, it also protects against fleas. Sentinel prevents flea infestation by breaking the life cycle at both the egg and larval stages. This once monthly oral medication does not protect against ticks.

    Vectra 3D: Vectra 3D is a new product we are carrying that kills fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, lice and mites on contact. One big plus side to Vectra 3D is that it comes in four sizes: 2.5 – 20 lbs, 21 – 55 lbs, 56 – 95 lbs, and >95 lbs. This product is only available for dogs.

    Capstar: Is a pill that works to kill fleas within a half an hour of oral administration. It is very effective for animals that are already infested. This is not a substitute for monthly prevention. It is a good idea to use this in conjunction with one of the topical treatments.

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