Spring Newsletter 2017
2017 has been off to a good start here at the office. Kim has returned to work full time after the birth of her second son. Alyssa, now 6 months pregnant has been great at the front desk as we get Ali, Kate and Savannah to be part of the team here. Dr Ricketts and I have been balancing the joys of parenthood with the cases at work. Throw in some warm winter days to get the ticks out, followed by a freeze and it’s a classic New England Winter! Please check out our updated staff page.
With the return of spring in New England, bugs are back! Parasites are incredibly hardy and can survive any extreme. Ticks are back out in full force and the media is predicting a surge in the tick population. They seem to say that every year but words worth heeding.
As always, tick prevention is key to staying safe from tick borne diseases. There are many options for tick control now for both dogs and cats. The “classic” spot on treatments are still available, but we also now have newer technology (plastic polymer) and synthetic oral insecticides.
We have the Seresto collar, an 8 month polymer technology continuous release collar for both dogs and cats. Great to not have to remember the monthly applications! If you do not want a collar on your pet, we still offer the monthly topical K9Advantix for dogs and Frontline for cats.
We also now carry Bravecto, an oral product that protects against ticks and fleas for 3 months. If you have any questions, please check out the product sites:
Or give us a call at the office. We have met with each company drug rep and feel confident in these products for your pet’s health and safety as well as the safety for your family!
There are a few thoughts to add to my senior article from January that I think are very helpful.
The fountain of youth has been sought after for centuries, and we have made some amazing advancements in how we age. But somethings just happen as we get older.
Hearing loss is quite common in our older pets. They may become more selective in their responses, like our human counterparts. Our pets have amazingly good senses that allow them to compensate well as they diminish. This often takes our owners by surprise. The apparatus that allows one to hear degenerates and cannot be repaired. At this time, there is no prevention. As hearing diminishes, we may need to be louder to avoid startling our pets. Be aware if pets go off leash!
There are some dog whistles that have a higher pitch that an older dog maybe able to still hear. As for cats, well, they don’t come when they are called when young either!
Lastly for senior pets, we also do need to think a bit about the “what ifs” that can happen as they age. A while back, I wrote an essay about the book by Atul Gawande, Being Mortal. I highly recommend the book for everyone. If you have a minute, check out my reflections on it.
Happy Anniversary to Us!
I am also pretty excited to note that the practice has now been open for 19 years. So many of you have been clients for 19 years!! It seems like yesterday I was just opening up my dream. The amount of pets and clients that have been part of the practice is so wonderful. My 25 year anniversary from Tufts Veterinary school is May!
Veterinary medicine has been amazing and has kept me growing and surely never bored. The evolution of the clinic now over decades has seen such improvement in medical and surgical care. Advancements in medicine and wellness but always focusing on the patient and client at hand with personal care and commitment. There is so much that has changed yet stayed the same. I appreciate your continued support and trust in myself, Dr Ricketts and our staff.
In Memory of our beloved pets that have passed: In Memoriam