Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Tonks Toesies on Tuesday

Today we have for you Tonks. And Tonks has for you some toesies.

We hope these toe beans make your Tuesday terrific!

Flashback Doodles of the Day

Here we are with more flashback doodles from last year's April A to Z Challenge. Today, we chose a couple of them that most relate to Tonks. First up, we have a flashback doodle of Rosie having a bit of fun with a blanket while making the bed. Tonks is great at wreaking havoc helping while this mom of hers tries to put blankets in their proper place.

In another doodle from last year's April A to Z Challenge, Rosie did some yoga. Tonks loves doing yoga. She's quite good at it, and she's always futilely trying to give this here human lessons on flexibility.

Tip of the Day

We just finished our series of tips on heartworm. Since we're on the topic of pesky parasites, we're going to keep it going with some more related repeat tips. We shared these tips on parasites over the last couple of years, but this time of year, this topic can be an important one to discuss. Today, we'll be talking about fleas.

When it comes to fleas, it's important to realize that essentially any and all animals are susceptible. Even indoor-only cats and dogs can get fleas, such as if the tiny pests come into the home by hitching a ride on humans, or on other animals who go outdoors. What's more, fleas can be present even when you might think they aren't, even in the winter. If fleas have already made their ways indoors, they can thrive in the warmth of a home any time of year. Even outdoors in the winter, though, they can still potentially be present. Especially if there are warmer days here and there, and if you're starting to see some green grass outside, then there is always the chance that fleas can be present and active. So, this is just one reason to keep your furbabies on flea prevention.

To really drive home this tip, though, we're also going to remind you of just some of the side effects that can come with fleas. First, of course, fleas can cause all sorts of itchiness. In some cases, an animal can even have flea allergy dermatitis, which is of course when a cat or dog is allergic to flea bites and can therefore display significant itching, hair loss, lesions, and so forth. Itchy skin is not the only potential result of fleas, though. Fleas can also lead to a tapeworm infestation in your furbaby, something which we will further discuss tomorrow. In addition, anemia and other bloodborne and potentially dangerous diseases can result from fleas and their bites. The health and safety of your furbaby is of course, therefore, an incredibly good reason to be sure that you keep up with that flea prevention year round.

We will also note here that you should discuss with your veterinarian which flea preventative is likely to be both the safest and most effective for your furbaby. Not all preventatives are created equal. Some cheaper, generic, over-the-counter versions have even been found to cause incredibly dangerous or even life-threatening side effects. This is not something for which it's worth risking your furbaby's life, so discuss preventatives with your veterinarian, and select a quality, safe product. Also, in the event that your entire home needs to be treated for fleas, also be sure that you discuss this with your veterinarian, so that you might get tips from them on safe methods for this extensive type of treatment.


Marg said...

Love the pictures, especially the last one. And what great looking paws. Have a terrific Tuesday.

Eastside Cats said...

I was really glad when the vet told me that Sweetie showed no signs of heartworm or lungworm! Hopefully, a full month of antibiotics has kicked her chronic URI, which I mistook for those things.

The Florida Furkids said...


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pilch92 said...

Love the toebeans! Such cute drawings too. And excellent tips. I still have PTSD from when we had fleas in 2014.

Kathe W. said...

cutie pie indeed! and our Lucy is ready for fleas and heartworm....no worries here!

The Island Cats said...

We love the multicolored jelly bean toesies!

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Tonks, I want to tickle you so badly!

messymimi said...

Those are beautiful toes. Happy Tuesday!

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

BI-COLOR-PAW-PADS!!! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! My first cat, Kitty, had one partially white paw - and her paw pads were pink and black on that foot. I've had a serious weakness ever since!

Pam and Teddy said...

Very colorful beans!

Hugs, Pam