Hudson Valley Parent

HVP November 2019

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Page 24 of 35 n Hudson Valley Parent 25 Gisela Fredenburg of New Windsor says her Shihpoo Bear, 2, is a calm and loving teddy bear, but spoiled; he gets his own T-bone steak, potato and ice cream. Border Collie mix, Chester, 7 months, is the best guard dog, says Kelli Clark of Otisville. He's also super-friendly and just got a baby kitten sister to play with. Ann Singer of Hopewell Junc- tion says Australian Shepherd, Tale, 6, is smart, great at tricks and Frisbee. He loves hiking, chasing squirrels, and his hu- mans, most. said, and make it an on-going habit. Veterinarian Hope Jankunas of Companion Pet Hospital in Fishkill and Carmel said it's a mistake to be- lieve that pets confined to a home's yard aren't susceptible to flea and tick bites or to discount the insects if they aren't perceived a problem. "We routinely see cats that are in- door pets and do get ticks and fleas," said Jankunas, possibly from other indoor/outdoor pets in the home or family members who may have tracked them in. In fact, for every adult flea, she said, thousands of eggs and pupae are hiding in home's carpets and floorboards. Fortunately, there are many preventative products to choose from for dogs, cats and hors- es, including short- and longer-term treatments. Of the options, Jankunas prefers pharmaceutical solutions for tick control as she's found them highly effective. "It's much easier to prevent than to treat then prevent," she said.

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