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BloomingPaws Info about Tapeworm

Tapeworms (Dipylidium caninum and Taenia species) infect the small intestines of dogs and cats. There are many different species. Transmission Ingestion of adult fleas during normal grooming Ingestion of intermediate host (i.e. rabbits, rodents, birds) Clinical Symptoms Perianal itching—dragging or rubbing anus on ground Diagnosis Fecal testing. (False negatives common) Direct visualization of tapeworm segments by the owner (most common way it is diagnosed). The segments can move or be dried out; white to cream colored and about the size of a grain of rice. Treatment There are many effective deworming medications available. The treatment may need to be repeated if there is a high level of flea infestation. Prevention Control flea population on your pet(s) and in the home. Prevent hunting and scavenging to
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Info about Flea Control (Cont.)

Fleas will quickly set up residence in your home if there are no preventatives in use. Adult fleas on your pet make up 10% of the fleas in your home & yard. Flea eggs, pupae, and newly emerged adults are 90% of the flea population. They live in the substrate – dirt & plants if outdoors; carpet, furniture & bedding if indoors. Neglecting this population of fleas means the flea problem will continue and worsen over time. Daily Vacuuming Daily vacuuming is very important for overall flea eradication. Vacuuming picks up eggs and pupae before they can mature into adults. Discard the vacuum bag & contents immediately! If not, the fleas will hatch, develop and leave the vacuum to re-infest the living quarters. Apply Insecticide with
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Puppy Socialization

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The following is adapted from the “Position Statement On Puppy Socialization” by the American Veterinary Society Of Animal Behavior. It gives some important guidance on how you can help your puppy be comfortable as a pet within human society. The primary and most important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life. During this time puppies should be exposed to as many new people, animals, stimuli and environments as can be achieved safely and without causing overstimulation manifested as excessive fear, withdrawal or avoidance behavior. For this reason, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated. Because the first three months are the
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Info from BloomingPaws about Flea Control

Fleas are a year-round problem, but the peak flea season is late summer into fall. Signs Your Pet May Have Fleas: Itching. Pets may itch anywhere from flea bites, but the discomfort is often focused the the base of the tail up onto the lower back on dogs. Cats are more likely to have tiny scabs scattered on their neck and back. Not all pets are allergic to fleas, so just because your pet isn’t itching, doesn’t mean they are flea-free. Flea Dirt. This is a dark brown or black, gritty, granular material about the size of grains of table salt.  Look closely and you’ll see that this grit comes in interesting shapes, especially curls and spirals.  If you get this material wet, it will
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Making Cat Vet Visits Fun at BloomingPaws

Tips and tricks to make the vet a not-so-scary visit for your cat. 1. Get kitty used to the carrier long before it’s time for a vet visit. Cats will investigate any box, so leave the pet taxi out for exploration. Leave the door to the carrier open, place a blanket for your cat and add a treat, toy, or some catnip. They will learn that the cat carrier isn’t so scary. If you have the space, leave the carrier out permanently for use as a bed or hiding place. 2. Go for short car rides to help your kitty get used to traveling, Just load the up in the carrier, drive a few blocks and back home again.  This helps make car rides less stressful
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Professional Grooming Benefits at BloomingPaws (Cont.)

BloomingPaws Professional Grooming Staff have experience in the fur care, skin care, and healthy look of your pet. For most pets that require regular grooming, they end up seeing a groomer more frequently than their veterinarian. Read more to learn about how regular pet grooming contributes to longer and healthier lives. Topics covered in this post:  Anal Gland Expression | Professional Hair Styles | Enjoyable Therapeutic Massage | Appropriate Grooming Tools | An Impartial Set of Eyes | Frequency of Grooming | Teeth Brushing | Shedless Treatment | Proper Pet Handling | Valuable Tips Discover the benefits of professional grooming. 11. Anal Gland Expression. Our groomers are able to express your pet’s anal glands. The anal glands are two small sacks just inside your pet’s anus, and are filled with a strong-smelling “scent fingerprint” that animals use to
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BloomingPaws Information about Hot Spots

BloomingPaws Veterinarians have experience in treating many illnesses. In the summer months it is important to keep your dog cool, but with increased humidity it may be a challenge to keep them dry. BloomingPaws Veterinarians go over important information about Hot Spots, how they are caused, and how you can help heal your pet’s irritated skin as well as prevent it. Topics covered in this article: Facts about Hot Spots | What Causes Hot Spots? | Identifying a Hot Spot | Treatment A Hot Spot (Pyotraumatic Dermatitis) is an area of moist dermatitis usually found on the head, hip, or chest area. Facts Hot spots often grow at an alarming rate within a short period of time because dogs tend to lick, chew and scratch the affected areas, which further irritate the skin.
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Lyme Disease Info from BloomingPaws Vets

BloomingPaws Veterinarians have experience in treating many illnesses. Our Vet Clinic would like to share some facts and modes of prevention on the health care of dogs infected with Lyme Disease in Bloomington, Indiana. Topics covered in this article: How is It Transmitted? | Clinical Symptoms | Diagnosing Lyme Disease | Is It Treatable? | Prevention Lyme Disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, is a spirochete organism transmitted by infected deer ticks (Ixodes species). Transmission The bite of an infected deer tick that must have been attached for at least 18 hours. Lyme Disease has been reported in the Mid-Atlantic to New England coastal states, Northeastern states and upper Midwestern states. It has been diagnosed in Bloomington IN. Clinical Symptoms Reoccurring lameness that may be accompanied by joint pain and swelling. These signs can switch from leg to
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Training Made Easy at BloomingPaws

shepherd puppy photo

BloomingPaws Professional Trainers have experience in the discipline of training any dog: puppies to adult. Here they share some important information about the Jump-Start Program we offer in order to get you and your dog started in the extensive field of dog training. Jump-Start Training For many pet owners, dog training can seem fairly overwhelming, especially if this is your first dog. In addition to understanding the complexities of teaching and communicating with your dog, finding time in our busy schedules presents a challenge. BloomingPaws has developed a powerful program that addresses these issues and makes dog training far less daunting. Our Jump-Start dog obedience program combines the comprehensive and convenient approach of our BloomingPaws Day School and Boarding School with customized individual training. What is
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Professional Grooming Benefits at BloomingPaws

BloomingPaws Professional Grooming Staff have experience in the fur care, skin care, and healthy look of your pet. For most pets that require regular grooming, they end up seeing a groomer more frequently than their veterinarian. Read more to learn about how regular pet grooming contributes to longer and healthier lives. Topics covered in this post:  Skin Care | Checking for Abnomalities | Skin Conditions and Treatment | Ear Care | Feet and Paws | Perianal (Anus) Area Care | Eye Care | Nail Care | Bathing | Conditioners Discover the benefits of professional grooming. 1. Healthier Skin. Regular brushing is a vital part of pet care because it distributes the natural oils of the skin throughout the coat, promoting healthier skin.  Evenly distributed oils allows for topical flea and tick preventatives to also evenly distribute, giving your
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