Parasite detection. We are skilled in the use of skin scrapings to detect external parasites on the skin, including Demodex, Sarcoptes, and Cheyletiella mites. This is often one of the first diagnostic tests we will recommend because these mites generally cause curable skin problems. In some cases, they are contagious to other pets or people; in others, they are not. Knowing where and how to take a sample can make the difference between finding and not finding these microscopic critters. To learn more about the conditions caused by these mites, visit our FAQ page.
Flea product recommendations. The number of new flea products and their relative actions and benefits can get confusing. We keep up to date and can guide you in the selection of a product that is a good fit for your pet. Dogs and cats should stay on year-round flea control in our relatively mild climate. If you wait until you’ve found a flea, you already have an infestation in your home, and pets predisposed to itching can really be set back by flea bites.