January 201 8 Newsletter



We hope everyone had a terrific holiday season, and we look forward to sharing a super 2018 with you and your pets!   
 
 In this issue:    
 
  - Start 2018 On The Right Paw, With Your Pet Up To Date

  - Reserve Now For February Dental Discount Month 

  - I Can Skip Flea And Tick Control During Winter, Right? 
    Wrong!  Here's Why...

  - Have A Brand New Puppy Or Kitten In Your Household? 
    A Healthy Start Value Package Saves You A Bundle!  

  - Cold Weather Pet Safety Tips 




START 2018 ON THE RIGHT PAW, WITH YOUR PET UP TO DATE


The new year brings a fresh start for everyone, including our pets.  If your pet is currently overdue for any wellness healthcare, then January is your lucky month!  Just schedule your pet for any PAST DUE wellness exams, heartworm and fecal screenings, or vaccinations, and save 15% OFF retail prices all month!
 

RESERVE NOW FOR FEBRUARY DENTAL DISCOUNT MONTH  
 
 
Dental care for your pet is about so much more than just clean teeth or fresh breath.  Dental disease is the #1 illness affecting pets - and it can lead to serious problems with heart, kidney, and lung function.  If your pet needs a dental cleaning, call us now to reserve space in our February Dental Discount Month.  Dental surgical packages are 10% OFF throughout February.  This is a very popular promotion with limited space available, so we are giving you the chance to plan ahead!  Not sure if your pet needs a dental cleaning?  We can help!  Just drop by during our normal business hours for a FREE 5-minute pet oral checkup with Dr. Skelley or Dr. Parker, and put your mind at ease.  Your pet will thank you for it!   
   

HAVE A BRAND NEW PUPPY OR KITTEN IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD?
A HEALTHY START VALUE PACKAGE SAVES YOU A BUNDLE!

 
A Puppy or Kitten Healthy Start Value Package is a great idea for your new little addition!  Each package saves you nearly $100 over purchasing all the services individually.  We have thoughtfully designed our Healthy Start Value Packages to include everything your new pet will need to thrive during this critical period of growth.  Packages are as follows: 
 
Kitten Healthy Start Value Package:  $265
first wellness exam, all recheck exams, kitten vaccination series, fecal parasite screen, deworming, FeLV/FIV test, and 30 days free Trupanion Pet Insurance

Kitten Healthy Start Value Package + Spay surgery:  $390
includes all the above plus spay surgery with pain medication when old enough

Kitten Healthy Start Value Package + Neuter surgery:  $350 
includes all the above plus neuter surgery with pain medication when old enough

Puppy Healthy Start Value Package:  $210  
first wellness exam, all recheck exams, puppy vaccination series, fecal parasite  
screen, deworming, and 30 days free Trupanion Pet Insurance

Puppy Healthy Start Value Package + Spay surgery:  $360  
includes all the above plus spay surgery with pain medication when old enough

Puppy Healthy Start Value Package + Neuter surgery:  $340  
includes all the above plus neuter surgery with pain medication when old enough


I CAN SKIP FLEA AND TICK CONTROL DURING WINTER, RIGHT?
WRONG!  HERE'S WHY...

Many people think of fleas and ticks as warm weather problems, but these parasites find creative ways to survive even the coldest of winters - mostly by living directly on our warm pets or inside our comfortably warm homes.  Once fleas have entered your home, they can survive indefinitely, as long as a host (your pet!) is available to them.
 
Fleas can easily survive outside year-round in the southernmost states.  In states with harsher winters, fleas can survive the below-freezing outside temperatures by living directly on a warm-blooded host animal.  Fleas can also survive frigid weather by taking up residence in garages, sheds, barns, or outdoor dog houses.  If your pet has contact with any of these areas, fleas can hitch a ride straight into your household!  Here at Emory Animal Hospital, we are still seeing patients come in with flea infestations at least once a week.  
 
You may have heard an old myth that ticks will die after the first frost of the season. Some species, such as the Black-Legged (Deer) Tick, remain active during fall and winter months.  Black-Legged Ticks begin their prime feeding period around late fall.  Since deer, the Black-Legged Tick's primary host, are more active during fall and early winter, these ticks can survive the harsh cold as long as they can find deer available.  Here at Emory Animal Hospital, we were removing ticks from several patients during visits in late January and early February of last year.    
 
Flea and tick development slows down during winter months and colder temperatures, but it never stops.  Staying on guard now by keeping your pets protected, will put you way ahead in the battle, once temperatures begin to thaw.  Fleas, ticks, and the diseases they carry and spread are year-round threats.  Emory Animal Hospital offers a variety of very effective flea and tick control products, to keep your pets protected this winter, and all throughout the year.