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Tick Prevention Options Update – 2017 | Veterinarians Bedford Nova Scotia | Sunnyview Animal Care


From 2002 to 2014, there was a total of 443 cases of Lyme disease reported in Nova Scotia. In 2015, there were 245 reported cases of Lyme disease, which was an increase from the 115 cases reported in 2014. Tick populations are expanding in Nova Scotia and Lyme disease awareness has grown over the years, so an increase in number of cases is expected.

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Tick Prevention Options Update – 2017 | Veterinarians Bedford Nova Scotia | Sunnyview Animal Care


From 2002 to 2014, there was a total of 443 cases of Lyme disease reported in Nova Scotia. In 2015, there were 245 reported cases of Lyme disease, which was an increase from the 115 cases reported in 2014. Tick populations are expanding in Nova Scotia and Lyme disease awareness has grown over the years, so an increase in number of cases is expected.

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Home-Made Jerky Treats

Homemade Jerky Treats

I have no idea where one of our client’s found this recipe – but her dog loved it!

Wash 3 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken and remove fat.
Place chicken on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
Place in freezer for 45 minutes to 1 hour. This will make chicken easier to slice.
Remove chicken from freezer and slice into long, thin strips.
Place on dehydrator trays so strips are not touching. There should be room for air to circulate between them.
Turn the dehydrator to 160 degrees and let it run for 15 to 20 hours (time varies by machine).

Finished jerky should be dry and brittle with a sort of orange color. If any part of the strip appears soft, shiny or greasy, it’s not done. Chicken must be dried thoroughly to prevent bacterial contamination.

Place in freezer bags and store in refrigerator or freezer.
Feed to delighted dogs.

Remember that treats–and jerky is a treat–should make up no more than 10 percent of your pet’s daily diet.

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March is Tick Awareness Month At Sunnyview

Contrary to past years, Sunnyview Animal Care is recommending ALL our clients consider starting their pets on tick prevention medication earlier in 2016. This is a significant change to our policy from past years, & is due to our review of various journal-reviewed information sources in the past few weeks.

In the past year, the distribution & range of tick populations in Canada appears to be increasing significantly given new data released by both the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) here in Canada and, the Centers for Disease Control(CDC) in the USA.

Also, I only recently became aware study from 2001 which confirms what we saw in the past few months at our Bedford, Nova Scotia veterinary practice – that ticks are now moving & looking for hosts [referred to as “questing”] all months of the year given our mild Nova Scotia winters. In fact, data from 2001 shows that adult Lyme disease bearing tick species will “quest” at temperatures as low as -0.6°C! (Although the accepted general minimum average temperature is 4°C for this behaviour).

“In most parts of Canada, tick activity begins when the snow starts to melt in our early spring & continues until the late fall-the adult Lyme disease bearing ticks (Ixodes scapularis aka. the ‘Deer Tick’) prefer cooler weather and can “quest” at any time through late fall into the spring if conditions are appropriate” CVMA CVJ Vol 57 2016, pg. 254.

Given that our family dogs are more likely to be exposed to ticks than we ourselves are, can also bring ticks into our homes, & that testing for the bacterium causing Lyme disease (Borellia burgdorferi) is detected more readily in dogs then in humans; this puts all veterinarians in a unique position to be involved in both the health & well-being of our pets, with our client’s families, & possibly play a role in helping to increase public awareness & educate our clients about this concern.

To this end, Sunnyview Animal Care will be posting some prevention thoughts for our clients & their friends to consider in the coming days, & emailing our clients directly. With new oral tick prevention products, those clients who have concerns with topical applications used in the prevention of ticks & fleas now have other options that are easily combined with oral deworming medication if needed. These products can be given monthly, or every 3 months.

Submitted with respect from Dr. Jeff Goodall, Sunnyview Animal Care in Bedford, Nova Scotia, Halifax Veterinarian, Lower Sackville Veterinarian, Fall River Veterinarian, using various Veterinary Reviewed Source materials. Further Reference Information Available upon Request.

Related Tags – Ticks, Lyme Disease, Lyme disease prevention, Tick Prevention, Tick Concerns, questing behaviour, veterinary treatment, veterinary information, dog care, pet care

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Holiday Wishes, Holiday Hours, & Thank You(!) from Sunnyview Animal Care!

SACC LogoHappy Holidays

 

The Sunnyview Team would like to take a moment to extend our sincere thanks to all of our clients for a wonderful year!

We are excited with the move into our new location 36 Duke Street in Bedford this June. Although it was a bit of an adjustment and we still have fine tuning with some details, we couldn’t have done any of it without all of you. So thank you and thank you for your patience during the move and settling in.

We welcomed Dr. Jennifer Marriott to our team in June and she has fit right in with all of our patients and clients. Next time you’re booking an appointment consider seeing Dr. Jenn you won’t regret it!

We recently held our 8th annual Santa Paws pictures and had our best turnout yet raising $1120 for Feed Nova Scotia with the help of everyone who came and donated both money & food!

It was wonderful to see all of our long time and new to us clients at our open house this year. We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.
2016 marks our 16th year in business and that again is all thanks to you for choosing us and allowing us to care for your 4 legged family members!

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We wish all of you a very Happy Holiday Season and the very best for 2016!

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