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According to the regulations of the IS ABV, every veterinary practice is required as of the 1. October 2019 to document all prescriptions and issuing of antibiotics in the Swiss federal antibiotic databank (IS ABV). This documentation generates an immense amount of technical and administrative work. Therefore, it has become necessary to collect an additional fee in the amount of CHF 8.00 when an antibiotic is used and sold in our practice.

We thank you for your understanding.

Tic Season is underway

The warmth of springtime lures tics out of bushes and high grasses. Tics are ectoparasites that nourish themselves by sucking blood from victims such as humans and their pets. A tic-bite can be harmless. However, since tics are potential carriers of various diseases such as Lyme-Borreliosis, central European encephalitis, Babesiosis and Anaplasmosis, it is important to know how to react.

What should one do when bitten by a tic?

• Remove the tic as soon as possible. Don’t crush the tic during removal, rather, hold the tic using special grippers or tweezers and pull it slowly out of the skin.

• Disinfect the bite wound well. If the wound becomes inflamed or flu symptoms arise, consult a physician.
Most important is tic prevention!

• Pets (dogs,cats): There are various collars, tablets, and spot-on medications available for regular use to prevent tic infestation during the months of March through October. Nevertheless, it is advisable after every walk with your dog to search the fur for possible tics. If appropriate, there are vaccinations against Borreliosis and Babsiosis in dogs.

• Humans: Wear proper clothing (long pants) when hiking in grassy areas or near forests. Ask your physician about vaccinations against Borreliosis or central European encephalitis.

If you aren’t sure how to protect your pet, please ask us! We are happy to advise you.