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Babcock Hills Veterinary Hospital knows your pet is one of the family. We share your love of animals and value the richness these faithful friends bring to our lives. Our veterinarians and staff are dedicated to providing the highest quality veterinary care to our patients while serving our clients with exceptional compassion and professionalism.
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Babcock Hills Veterinary Hospital | 210-697-8581
6600 W Prue Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78240
Summer has arrived; that means it is mosquito and fly season.
Did you know a mosquito bite can be life threatening? Mosquitoes spread heartworms. Eeew! Even I your pet stays indoors, bites happen. Make an appointment for your pet’s yearly checkup today, and let’s keep your pet safe and healthy! Luckily there are several products to prevent your pet from getting heartworms. Learn more about the available products here: http://babcockhills.com/services/heartworm-and-flea-prevention-.html
The life cycles of all of the thousands of different flies are divided into 4 stages: egg, larva (flies at this stage look like worms and are commonly known as maggots), pupa (the stage in which the fly is developing inside a cocoon), and adult. Fly eggs are laid in decaying flesh, animal waste, or pools of standing water. The common characteristic of these egg locations is the presence of ample food for the maggots. Flies reproduce and grow rapidly. Depending on the season and weather conditions, a fly may take only 12 to 14 days to go from egg to adult.
Mosquitoes belong to the family Culici-dae. They are tiny and fragile but possibly the most voracious of the blood-feeding flies. About 300 species have been described worldwide, but only about 150 species of mosquitoes are found in the temperate regions of North America.
Mosquitoes often lay their eggs on the surface of standing water. Even small amounts of standing water can attract mosquitoes. You can reduce the number of mosquitoes near your home by being sure that there is no standing water. Eliminate or turn over any container that can hold water and check your gutters to be sure that they run freely; standing water in gutters is an ideal location for mosquito eggs.
Only female mosquitoes feed on blood. They annoy animals and humans, cause blood loss, and transmit diseases. Although they are known for spreading such diseases as malaria, yellow fever, dengue, and elephantiasis in people, in veterinary medicine they are also known for spreading heartworms to dogs and cats.
It is difficult to protect your dog from mosquitoes, especially if the dog spends much time outside. You can reduce outdoor exposure to mosquitoes by not walking your dog in the early morning or early evening hours. Those are the hours when mosquitoes are most active. Sensitive animals, including puppies, should be housed in closed or screened buildings, and the mosquitoes inside killed with safe insecticide. Imidacloprid is a topical drug that can be used on dogs to repel adult female mosquitoes for up to 4 weeks. Mosquitoes are not attracted to light, so “bug zappers” do not help control mosquitoes; they may actually be harmful because they destroy insects that prey on mosquitoes.
Vetri-Repel Wipes is a great and safe product that we carry to help protect your pet. It contains 60 pre-moistened towelettes for portable and easy application during outdoor excercise. Vetri-Repel Wipes can be used safely with dogs, cats and horses. This product produces a natural shield from unwanted pests and uses natural Brazilian oils prevent fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and flies from detecting the scent that attracts them to your pet. These flea and tick repellent wipes use clean, non-sticky active ingredients!