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Spring 2017 Newsletter

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Spring 2017

Oshtemo Veterinary Hospital


Dear Clients,

Well it's officially spring but due to our very mild winter we are seeing significant early issues with parasites this year.

The ticks are ahead of schedule and are spreading three diseases. We have had 6 lyme, 2 ehrlichia and 1 anaplasma
positive dogs in the first three months of 2017. Be sure to vaccinate against lyme disease and give your dog a monthly
flea+tick preventative such as Nexgard. It
's no longer safe to stop the Nexgard during our Michigan winters so please stay
on this year
-round along with the year-round heartworm+intestinal worm preventative Interceptor Plus ( the mosquitoes
are here and we've all ready had 2 positive heartworm cases in 2017!). Also remember, if your dog tests positive for
Lyme disease this is a red flag that Lyme disease is in your neighborhood, so be sure to perform daily tick checks on your
. The migration of our deer and deer tick population is playing a key role in the spread of this disease across the
state. For dogs not currently vaccinated against Lyme disease, we recommend doing this now. Two inject
ions are
administered 2-3 weeks apart to establish protection, then one injection once a year
. We are pleased to announce that our
lyme vaccine provider ( Boehringer Ingleheim ) is providing the second vaccine at no cost for the dogs that haven't been
previously vaccinated against lyme disease
. So please call today to take advantage of this promotion.

The fecal test continues to be our best way of detecting the intestinal parasites: roundworm, hookworm, whipworm,
tapeworm, coccidia and giardia. Our computerized health records typically send reminders to clients when their pet is due
for testing but if you haven't recieved a notice in the past 12 months please let us know. We will help you determine if it is
time to test your pet's fecal
. So far in 2017 we have had 6 roundworm, 2 hookworm, 1 whipworm, 2 tapeworm,S
coccidia, 24 giardia positive cases.

Many of you know Dr. Ashley Hopkins started with us in January and is a welcome addition to our team. She received her
bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University prior to her D.V.M ( doctor of veterinary medicine) from Michigan
State University
in 2015. She enjoys working with both dogs and cats. She also brings an enthusiasm for ultrasound and
dentistry to our practice
. Weare sad to see Dr. Vila step away from veterinary medicine this month and pursue other
options in Las Vegas, but we are excited for his new opportunity. He has passed the baton to a classmate of his, Dr.
Amber Dickson
. She is from Galesburg and graduated from MSU in 2006. She brings a passion for dogs and cats with

special interests in client education.        She currently resides in Mattawan with her husband and 3 young boys, and will

start with us near the end of May. Dr. Lin will continue to see clients four days a week and Dr. Heckaman will continue
to see clients 3 days a week ( hopefully for another 8
-10 years!).

Feel free to click on the following links to learn more about parasite diseases of dogs and cats:

Canine Heartworm Disease Feline Heartworm Disease Internal Parasites Ticks Fleas

A big thank you for supporting our growth at Oshtemo Veterinary hospital. Without you we couldn't continue to expand
and improve our care of your pets!


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