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October, 2011 - Vol 1, Issue 3
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Flea & Tick Facts
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Its October, the season for creepy crawlies of all kinds! We've had a fairly wet summer leading to a heavy tick season this year on St. Croix and many pet owners have been coming in to SMVC, asking what they can do to prevent infestations.   We've also had a lot of questions about a liquid tick product being dispensed by other veterinarians and why we aren't dispensing ... and what we do recommend instead.


At SMVC, we carry only safe, effective,  FDA-approved products such as

      - Vectra topical spot on

      - Frontline topical spot on

      - Frontline spray

      - And our newest product, Certifect

      - For maximum effect, we recommend combining any of the above products with a Preventic collar which lasts for 3-months and is water-proof.


Remember that conventional monthly flea and tick preventatives don't necessarily prevent ticks from getting on your pet.  When a tick bites into the skin, it ingests the toxin and dies before it has the chance to transmit disease. Preventic collars are one of most powerful and successful tools in the tick battle, because they help to prevent the tick from getting on your pet to begin with.  However, they  don't repel  fleas, so if you are having a problem with both - we recommend combining products.


And along with using an FDA-approved product, we recommend pet owners with fenced-in yards use an outdoor spray or powder sold at hardware stores.  You can discuss flea and tick problems with your Pest Control company and ask them to spray your yard and focus on areas frequented by your pet.


Be sure to check your dog for ticks when  it comes in at night, from  the beach or after exploring in the bush.  Look between toes, ears, and on the underbelly - areas where ticks commonly like to hide because there isn't a lot of hair to climb in.  For this reason, short-haired dogs tend to have more problems with ticks.


It's important for pet owners to understand that the liquid products being dispensed by some veterinarians is a home-made treatment that has not been studied or proved to be safe and effective for use in dogs (It has only been approved for cattle and horses).  Additionally, this oral product won't protect your pet from intestinal parasites like the FDA-approved veterinary label products we carry. Intestinal parasites are not only a problem for your dog, they are also a public health issue.  Many intestinal parasites are known as "zoonotic" meaning that they can be transmitted from animals to humans, particularly children.  So, you want to be sure that the method of pest control that you are using for your pet is safe, effective and comprehensive.


We are very excited to have in stock the newest product in this battle against the wee-beesties, Certifect. Read on in our newsletter to find out the benefits of Certifect and to learn more about why a small tick can cause big trouble.



Sugar Mill Veterinary Center l Tel 340.718.0002


Creepy, Crawly Flea & Tick Facts
Just the thought of Fleas & Ticks can give us the heebie-jeebies, but more than that, they can be a health issue to your dogs and cats.  Here are some of the dirty details:

  • Once a flea acquires a "host" (your dog or cat) it will spend its entire life on that host.
  • They can lay 20-40 eggs per day for several weeks on its host.  The eggs can then be shed in the hosts environment (pet beds, yard, etc.)
  • Infestations can cause anemia, particularly in kittens, puppies and elderly animals
  • Fleas can transmit a zoonotic disease to cats called Bartellonosis - or Cat Scratch Fever.
    A person can get Cat Scratch Fever when scratched by an infected cat (just as the name implies).
  • Fleas can carry tapeworm larvae and then pass tapeworms on to your dog or cat when they clean themselves and ingest the flea.
  • TicksSome ticks can take 2-3 years to complete their life cycle.
  • They spend most of their life OFF of the host, but the larvae, nymphs and adults feed on a host for a few days (this is when transmission of disease can occur).
  • Ticks mate on the host, but lay potentially thousands of eggs in the environment when the engorged female falls off the host.
  • Ticks can transmit multiple serious and potentially deadly diseases. 
  • On St Croix there are 4 Tick-borne disease that we worry about...
  • Brown Dog Ticks transmit Babesiosis which affects the red blood cells and can be difficult to diagnose.
  • Black-legged Deer Ticks carry Canine Anaplasmosis and Tick Paralysis.
  • Lone Star and Brown Dog Ticks can carry Ehrlichiosis more commonly known as Tick Fever.

Be sure to prevent infestations that can affect both you and your pets by using one of our FDA-approved methods mentioned above or check out our newest weapon - Certifect.


Introducing Certifect :: Proven Flea Protection with Added Tick Killing Power

F*REEBIE - The first 100 clients to purchase a box of Certifect will receive a collapsable, travelling doggie water dish!

        • Starts killing 11 types of ticks within 6 hours
        • Provides sustained tick-killing efficacy for a full month
        • causes ticks to detach from an infested dog
        • Kills adult fleas, eggs & larvae
        • Can be used on breeding, pregnant, and lactating dogs
        • Can be used on puppies 8 weeks or older and 5-22lbs
        • Waterproof

Like Frontline & Vectra, Certifect is a spot on medication that works through a process called translocation.  Translocation carries the ingredients across the skin and through the hair coat. It can take up to 24-hours to complete.  Avoid bathing or swimming your dog in the first 24-hours after application.  Certifect is waterproof after 24-hours.

A note to our clients: Black cats are notoriously abused around Halloween.  Trick or treat is not a good night for your black cat to be outdoors.  Keep them safe inside until the mischief is over.

black-cat-halloweenAnd remember that Sugar Mill Veterinary Center continues to offer a $35 Feral Cat Spay/Neuter program which includes
  • Testing for FIV/FeLv (feline aids & feline leukemia)
  • Spay/Neuter surgery
  • Vaccination & Ear-tipping


We hope you enjoyed this month's issue and found some helpful tips and information.  If you have suggestions or requests for future issues, please email us at



Dr. Stacia Jung
Sugar Mill Veterinary Center


Refer A Friend

We know that our clients are an invaluable source for providing us with new patients - so we want to offer you a reward!  Each time you refer a new client to us, we will add a $10.00 credit to your account that you can use towards any SMVC veterinary services. Simply download our Client Referral form, fill it out with your name and your pet's name and give it to your friend. 

When they come in for their first visit, have them give the form to our front desk and we'll do the rest! On your next visit, you will automatically have a $10 credit on your account! 


No Expiration Date! Only available for new client referrals. Form must be presented at first visit.