What I learned at the Veterinarian this week

When it comes to my dog’s health, I give them medication only when it’s necessary. So if you read my recent blog about tittering, you know that I prefer to have a titer test done before having them vaccinated. If you missed that blog post, click HERE. I’m also cautious about giving them preventative medication. But I won’t skip it altogether when the side effects of the medicine out weigh any illnesses they might get. So when my dogs were due for their annual heart worm test, I asked my Florida vet about this. And I was surprised to learn what preventative medication I should be giving them year round.

Everyone knows that Florida is a warm climate. While we celebrate four seasons up north, in the south, there are really only two seasons - rainy and dry. Thus mosquitos are abundant year round, not just 7 or 8 months like they are up north. And because of that, heart worm is more prevalent in the south than up north. Heart worm is a serious and potentially fatal disease. It is spread when an infected mosquito bites our dogs thus making heart worm more prevalent in the southern United States. Thus, my vet recommended we give heart worm medication to our dogs year round. When we lived in PA, in the winter months I didn’t medicate them for it since mosquitos can’t survive in the cold.

I also learned that while there are ticks in the south, it’s not nearly as prevalelant as it is up north. I have always given my dogs flea/tick medication most of the year since ticks were a constant problem especially recently. After Izzy was diagnosed with Lyme disease when she was a puppy, I have always been a little more aggressive about being proactive in preventing her or my other dogs to contract this disease.

So, in short, I’ll be giving my girls heartgard year round and only treating for flea and tick medication if we’ll be in areas where ticks are found or if I find any fleas on them. I will keep Nexgard in my medicine closet so I’ll always have it on hand.

Thanks for reading!


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All Creatures Veterinarian Care Lobby Display

I'm so excited to share images from my pet photography display at All Creatures Veterinarian Care Hospital in Centre Hall. I've been a client there for many years, maybe almost as long as they've been in business. It was an honor when the office manager contacted me and asked if I would like to display my work in their lobby. There's been a few changes with this hospital over the years. For starters they have a new owner, have added a couple more veterinarians to the staff and recently moved into a new building, not too far from their previous location. 


Eventually I'm going to add more canvases to the display. ACVC specializes in exotic pets, so I hope to photograph some of those animals in the near future and hang those images with the rest of the display.


To introduce the staff and the new location to the public, ACVC had an open house recently. It was a fun day for everyone. BigFroggy 101.1 broadcasted live for a couple of hours. There were complimentary homemade dog treats, light refreshments from Food For Thought Truck and Catering (which was delicious by the way!), and gourmet cupcakes made by Dr. Jen Koehl's mom. And decadent they were! I think most of us ate at least 2, or 3 before the afternoon was over! With flavors like velvet cream, coconut, peanut butter, mocha chocolate and more, you would have too!

So be sure to stop on by and check out the display. And if you're in need of a veterinarian, give them a call! They are located at 2836 Earlystown Rd. A big thank you to the staff at ACVC for having me at the open house, and for giving me the opportunity to share my work with their clients.