The Animal Care Clinic Review - Lexington Veterinarian Offers a Variety of Pet Products for the Itchy Summer Months

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Lexington veterinarian discusses fleas, ticks, and seasonal allergies and how they affect dogs and cats during warm weather months. The staff of Animal Care Clinic reminds you that it’s best to be proactive; if you see your dog or cat starting to itch—make an appointment right away to have them examined.

Animal Care Clinic, a Lexington veterinarian, is your one-stop-shop for everything your pet needs to combat the itchiness of fleas, ticks, and warm-weather allergies this time of year.

Seasonal allergies can affect dogs and cats from April through October. In the spring, the common allergen offender is pollen, while autumn is known for ragweed and goldenrod. While some allergies can be managed simply by removing the cause (getting rid of fleas, keeping a pet indoors away from pollen, etc.), there are a variety of products that can also help. Your Lexington veterinarian can prescribe special shampoos to soothe the skin, antihistamines to control itching, and even allergy shots. Although steroids like prednisone can help for short-term relief of itching, the long-term side effects are risky. Atopica is a popular product used to treat atopic dermatitis, and it can also help with allergies. Another product, Apoquel, can help control itching and has just been released on the allergy medication scene.

Fleas and ticks, like allergies, can cause such severe itching that a dog or cat can tear their fur out trying to relieve themselves. Fleas can transmit diseases like cat scratch fever, which can affect both cats and humans. Ticks spread diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and anaplasmosis. Both fleas and ticks are easily picked up near areas with tall grass, thick brush, or forested land.

Animal Care Clinic offers several once-a-month treatments for fleas and ticks, including oral and topical medications. One oral brand is Sentinel, used for flea, heartworm, and GI parasite prevention in dogs. Revolution is a topical medication that is applied to the back of a pet’s neck for dogs and cats. “I’m particularly excited about a new prescription medication for dogs called Bravecto,” says Dr. Butch Schroyer, chief veterinarian and owner of the clinic. “It’s available in July and comes in a pill form, used every three months to treat fleas, ticks, and intestinal parasites.”

For Dr. Schroyer, it’s of the utmost importance to educate his clients on the various treatment options available. That way, pet owners can choose the product that’s best suited to their four-legged companion. “Both topical and oral medications work,” he says. “They’re chosen based on what works best for the individual pet.”

The staff of Animal Care Clinic reminds you that it’s best to be proactive if you see your dog or cat starting to itch—make an appointment right away to have them examined. If your pet has a history of allergies, it’s best to be armed with a treatment plan and the right medications before they even start! Your veterinarian will work closely with you to choose the best option for alleviating your pet’s symptoms.

Since 1988, Animal Care Clinic has been offering top-quality service in a state-of-the-art facility to the pet owners of Lexington and surrounding areas. Our staff is more than just a team of veterinary professionals—we’re a family, and the clients and pets we serve are an integral part of who we are. Animal Care Clinic looks forward to welcoming you and your companion to the office soon!

Animal Care Clinic
3600 Palomar Centre Drive
Lexington, KY 40513

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