While we have all been complaining about the spring weather that just didn’t seem to want to show up, thoughts of fleas, ticks and the diseases they carry have very much been in the background. Of course there have been some occasional pockets of these nasty little pests but by in large we have gotten… Continue reading

Even though the temperature feels more like summer, we will soon feel the chill of fall in the air. For our pets it should serve as a reminder to think about the challenges soon to face these companions. Parasites Most pet owners think of fleas and ticks as a spring and summer issue. In reality,… Continue reading

Although the object of the Brockton Animal Hospital posts is to inform the pet owning public about important issues regarding their pet companions, it often seems that the subjects are a bit scary. Though not the intent to frighten, describing newly recognized, or more frequently diagnosed diseases does exactly that. We apologize but there are… Continue reading

Yes it’s true that the cool wet days of spring are a favorite of ticks. Likewise the hot, humid days of summer are vacation like for us as well as the flea population. They LOVE it. As the summer moves on and the weather begins to moderate, flea infestations will become more widespread. Next, ticks… Continue reading

The flea’s time of year is here.  As the heat of the summer is well entrenched and as the occasional thunderstorms keep things just moist enough, flea season is officially upon us.  Now is the time to take control before fleas become established in your house as well as in your pet population, whether just… Continue reading

It looks as if winter has finally lost it’s grip here in New England. Of course I am sure we will still see some chilly days and rainy mornings before the warm and sunny weather really sets in. After a very long, cold and snowy winter in most of the US it is difficult to… Continue reading

Whether it was the rains early in the spring or the record high temperatures in July, this year is turning out to become one of the worst on record for pets and their allerigies. Dogs and cats that have never been plagued in the past are coming to our office scratching, sneezing, biting at feet,… Continue reading

There appears to be an odd phenomenon this year. July arrives and suddenly the fleas are swarming. That in itself doesn’t seem unusual. The onset of flea season in felines and canines varies from early July to September. This is greatly dependent on spring moisture, summer temperatures and even winter climate. This year seems to… Continue reading

Spring is upon us in a big way in New England.  The record warmth early, the deluges later and now the seasonal temperatures  have brought on a bumper crop of ticks,  fleas and mosquitoes.  The scratching and irritation your dog and cat exhibit is but a minor inconvenience (maybe not for them) compared to the… Continue reading

Your pet is scratching…..chewing her skin……biting his feet….losing fur………….FLEAS……..Right?  Probably not.  Even though fleas (one of several pests that fall under the heading of  External Parasites) can cause these symptoms, many pets that visit the veterinarian for the above signs do not have fleas.  There is a myriad of various conditions that can cause scratching, chewing,… Continue reading