Area vets discuss “Pests and Our Pets”

Knowledge Series Chair Calvert Johnson (l) introduced Drs. Lyn Lewis (c) and Ray Haberman (r)

The Knowledge Series featured popular veterinarians Dr. Ray Haberman of Dawsonville and Dr. Lyn Lewis of Jasper. Their topic was “Pests and Our Pets: Snakes, Scorpions, Spiders, and Ticks.” Dr. Haberman discussed local poisonous snakes and the common scorpion found in North Georgia. The copperhead snake and the cottonmouth water moccasin which are in the pit viper family, timber rattler, and the Easter diamond back rattler are poisonous. Some are more aggressive than others. Some poisons work as neurotoxins; some as local toxins that break down tissue locally. When a dog is bitten, Bendaryl can help followed by a trip to the vet who will treat appropriately.

Dr. Lewis discussed parasites and diseases caused by different species of ticks in our region. His focus will be based on prevention and identification of the common symptoms demonstrated by both cats and dogs. Ticks can cause several diseases. Rocky Mountain spotted fever us caused by the deer tick which causes vasculitis. Symptoms include fever, swelling, and enlarged lymph nodes. Symptoms may not appear for two to fourteen days. Lyme Disease is another tick-borne disease that can be found in pets. Lewis emphasized that prevention with oral meds is preferred in this area, because the topical preventative are less effective against ticks.

“The Genesis, Creation, and Future of Gibbs Gardens” is the topic of the April program of the Knowledge Series, featuring local gardening expert Jim Gibbs, designer and developer of Gibbs Gardens. The presentation begins at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2018, in the Mountains Grille Room of the Clubhouse, preceded by beverages and conversation at 4 p.m.

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