Busting the Tick Myths

Busting the Tick Myths

Ticks raise a lot of questions!  Dr. Adolph bust the Myths and tells us the Truth about these 8 legged insects.  Common Tick from North Eastern United States

The Myth:  Ticks die off during the winter months

The Truth:  Ticks doe not die just because it is winter.  They do become less active during the cold months but can still attach to your pet and transmit potentially deadly diseases.

The Myth:  I never see ticks on my pet, so we do not have ticks in our area

The Truth:  Ticks are present throughout the U.S. The 3 life stages capable of attaching to pets (nymph, larva, and adult) are very small.  Unless there are dozens of ticks present, or the ticks have fed long enough to become engorged (about 7 days), most infestations go unnoticed.

The Myth:  Ticks should be removed with alcohol, a lit match, nail polish, petroleum jelly, etc.

The Truth:  The best removal method is grabbing a tick with tweezers as close to the skin as possible and using gentle, steady traction to lift it.  Other methods may facilitate the transmission of infectious agents.

The Myth:  Ticks fall from trees

The Truth:  Tick live on and just above the ground.  When the host approaches, they release from love vegetation and attach to the animal.

The Myth:  Those medications do not work – I still see ticks.

The Truth:  No product is 100% effective.  Consider this: if a pet encounters 1,000 ticks, a product with 99% efficacy (considered excellent by medical standards) may still leave 10 ticks.  With very high exposure, additional measures may be necessary to protect your pet.

The Myth:  My dog does not go outside, so I don’t need to worry about ticks.

The Truth:  Does your dog go outside to relieve him or herself?  Even a short excursion increases the risk for ticks.

The Myth:  I’ll start using medication if I see ticks.

The Truth:  Prevention is better for your pet and more cost effective for you.  By the time ticks are detected, disease transmission may have already occurred.

The Myth:  I treat my yard, so my pet does not need medications.

The Truth:  Environmental control is great, but it is one of many components of effective tick control and alone is not enough.  Combining yard treatment, minor landscaping changes, and most importantly year-round preventatives for your pet will keep him or her safer.

ProHeart 6

ProHeart 6

Is ProHeart 6 right for my dog?

Proheart-6.001Only your veterinarian can determine if your dog is a good candidate for ProHeart® 6 (moxidectin). Generally, ProHeart 6 is for healthy dogs 6 months and up.

There are many medications out there that treat and prevent various parasites in dogs, including pills, chewables and topically applied liquids. But remembering to give those products every month can be challenging, even for the most well-intentioned and caring dog owners. A missed or delayed dose could put your dog at risk for heartworm disease. That’s why ProHeart 6 may put your mind at ease. With one injection, you protect your dog continuously for the next 6 months.

Say No to Missed Doses

  • Continuous protection … Non-stop protection, so you know your dog is safe from heartworm disease for 6 months after just one dose administered at Gilbertsville Veterinary Hospital
  • No more monthly doses to remember … no more giving pills, chewables or applying monthly topical medication for heartworm prevention.
  • Peace of mind … know that your dog is protected especially in areas where infection is common.
  • Treats hookworms … Also provides treatment for hookworm infections (Ancylostoma caninum and Uncinaria stenocephala) at the time of administration

Product Safety

  • FDA Approved … Proven safe and effective in dogs.
  • Safe … for pregnant and lactating females, breeding males, and ivermectin-sensitive collies.

How does ProHeart 6 work?




Revolution.001Is Revolution Right for Your Dog?

Parasites are an annoying fact of life for our dogs.  Parasites can cause a range of problems, from bothersome scratching to more serious medical issues, such as infections and dangerous or even deadly diseases.  How dangerous these problems are depends on the type of parasite, the degree of infection or infestation, and your dog’s reaction to the parasite.

Most parasites that affect dogs pose no risk for humans.  However, a few parasites, like sarcoptic manage and mites, are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans.  Your veterinarian can recommend methods to prevent, treat or control many canine parasites to reduce the chance of human exposure and to keep your dog healthy.

How Can You Help Your Pet?

If you think your pet may have fleas, call us to help.  It’s important to remove fleas not only from your dog, but also eliminate them from your dog’s environment.  Revolution (selemectin) can be applied monthly to kill fleas and prevent flea eggs from hatching.  Revolution will help resolve infestations, and prevent flea infestations from occurring.  In addition, Revolution in clinical trials was shown to improve the signs associated with flea allergy dermatitis.

Once you have applied Revolution, adult fleas will be killed and flea reproduction will stop by preventing eggs from hatching.  Remember that the fleas you see on your dog are only a small percentage of the issue.  For an established flea infestation to be resolved, all of the stages of the infestation must be considered.  It may take several months for lifestages, including eggs, larvae and pupae to mature and be removed from the environment.  This can result in a small number of adult fleas being seen on your dog periodically as the environment stages are exhausted.  When the environmental flea population has been destroyed, the problem will end, but continue using Revolution to prevent a new flea infestation from beginning.

Preventing future infestations is far easier than treating (and having to deal with) a flea problem once the parasites are established on your pet and in your home.  Protect your pet and your family by keeping your dog on Revolution year-round.



About Nexgard

  • Nexgard comes to us from the makers of Frontline Plus.  Nexgard is administered orally setting it apart from other flea and tick preventatives.
  • Nexgard kills adult fleas before they lay eggs and prevents ticks.
  • Nexgard is FDA approved and safe to use in dogs.
  • It contains an ingredient, afoxolaner, that helps treat and
    control fleas and ticks and keeps killing for a full 30 days.

Watch the NexGard TV commercial.

Here’s your chance to get up front and center with some of the cutest dogs you’ve ever seen. Meet Rascal, Kip, Twitch, Dart, Kip, Serious and Oliver. Just to mention a few.

They’re all stars in the NexGard TV commercial. Sit back and watch dog after dog sniff, lick and beg on the silver screen.

Common Questions

  1. How does Nexgard kill fleas?  NexGard contains the ingredient afoxolaner. Afoxolaner kills fleas by over-stimulating their nervous system.
  2. How long does it take NexGard to kill fleas?  In a study, Nexgard killed 100% of fleas in 24 hours.
  3. Why am I seeing more fleas on my pet after administering Nexgard? NexGard stimulates the fleas’ nervous system, causing them to rise to the top of your dog’s haircoat as they die.
  4. How long after administering NexGard to my dog can he be bathed or go swimming? Because NexGard is an oral product, swimming or bathing has no effect on NexGard. Your dog’s coat can get wet immediately after taking NexGard.
  5. Can I use it if my dog is on medication?  In a well-controlled field study, NexGard was used concomitantly with other medications, such as vaccines, anthelmintics, antibiotics (including topicals), steroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), anesthetics, and antihistamines.
  6. Is Nexgard safe to use with any breed of dog?  NexGard is safe and effective in any breed of dog when used as directed.
  7. Can NexGard be used on cats and other pets?  No. NexGard should be used on dogs only.
  8. Can I administer it more than once a month?  Do not re-administer NexGard before the month is through. It keeps working for a full 30 days.
  9. Where can I get NexGard?  NexGard is a prescription product. Federal (USA) law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. Only at your vet can you get expert advice and special savings.
  10. How old does my dog need to be in order to take NexGard?  NexGard can be used in puppies 8 weeks of age or older and weighing 4 pounds or greater.
  11. Are there any side effects of NexGard?  NexGard is for dogs only and hasn’t been evaluated for use in pregnant, breeding or lactating dogs. Reported side effects include vomiting, dry/flaky skin, diarrhea, lethargy, and lack of appetite. Use with caution in dogs with a history of seizures.


Heartgard-Plus.001Heartworms can infect your pet without you even knowing it.  The best way to protect your dog is to prevent heartworm disease – the risk, expense, and emotional toll of treatment are significant.

HEARTGARD Plus helps prevent canine heartworm disease, and treats and controls roundworms and hookworms, too.



Heartgard Facts

  • When used monthly as directed can help prevent heartworm infection in your dog – and can help your dog avoid the risk, stress, and long periods of confinement that go along with treatment for canine heartworm disease.
  • Made with real beef – dogs love the taste.
  • Convenient, easy-to-give chewable that most dogs will eat right out of your hand.
  • Available in three dosage strengths for dogs of different weights. Your veterinarian will select the dosage that’s right for your dog.
  • Wide margin of safety for dogs of all breeds and sizes when used as directed. It is approved for puppies as young as 6 weeks, pregnant or breeding female dogs, and stud dogs.

How it Works

When given monthly as directed, HEARTGARD Plus is effective in helping to prevent heartworm disease in dogs. Each bite from an infected mosquito can introduce new heartworm larvae into your dog’s bloodstream and reinfect an unprotected dog. Use of HEARTGARD Plus every month as directed kills immature heartworms introduced to the dog in the last 30 days, preventing the development of adult heartworms.

HEARTGARD Plus also kills canine roundworms and hookworms in the dog’s intestinal tract.

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