Thursday, August 17, 2017
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Fleas

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Spike looks debonair wearing his flea-fighting Baltic amber collar.  We got it at Healing TouchVets in Sherman Oaks. His vet there, Audra MacCorkle, DVM, wears an amber bracelet, as do many of her vet techs and patients.

Baltic amber collars are the latest “thing” in flea control. We aren’t talking about golden globs of transparent resin with insects trapped inside. We’re talking about small, irregular, milky gold and toast brown pebbles. The amber strung on cotton thread and attached to an adjustable leather strap and buckle. Reportedly, the longer the dog wears the collar, the better it works.

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The higher the temperature gets, the more anxious I get about fleas. Once the temperature hits the 70 to 90 degree range, conditions are ripe for fleas to hatch.

When you have a dog who is itchy, scratchy and licky in the best of times, fleas make life so much more complicated. Fleas are the most common source of itchiness in a dog, and thus what a vet will zoom in on first. Visit after visit last year, I debated with Spike’s vet what to do about his constant paw-licking, rump-chewing and scratching. I was leaning heavily toward allergy testing.

Our vet focused on flea control. We would turn Spike over and, sure enough, a flea or two could be seen. She pointed out that even if Spike had allergies, we’d still have to deal with the fleas.

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