Ticks, fleas, mosquitoes and all other pests are out in full force and this can put your pet at an increased health risk. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) says pet owners should take special care to protect their pets from ticks, fleas and mosquitoes this season. You can find products to protect your pets at vetdepot. Dogs, cats and other pets are especially susceptible to health risks posed by such pests.
Some health risks include the transmission of heartworms to pets via Mosquitoes which can result in heart disease, ticks can cause diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever by spreading bacteria to pets. In addition, the saliva from fleas can cause anemia, dermatitis and the transfer of tapeworms to pets. Fleas often jump onto pets when outdoors and enter into homes where they can multiply and quickly infest bedding, furniture and clothing.
It is important to always inspect pet coats thoroughly after spending time outdoors. Here are a few recommended tips from the NPMA to keep your pet safe from pests:
- Watch for excessive scratching or licking on your pet
- Avoid walking pets in tall grass, pests love to gather here
- Wash pet bedding, plush toys and vacuum frequently
- Talk to your veterinarian about treatment options to protect your pet, and seek medical advice if ticks or fleas are found on your pet
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s 2007 U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook, more cats over dogs are owned as pets, however cats receive significantly less veterinary care. Studies have shown there is an inability to recognize signs of illness or injury by cat owners and that an underlying concern of stress to the cat and its owner are deterrents to veterinary visits. The American Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Animal Hospital Association have teamed up in an effort to promote appropriate wellness care for cats by setting Cat Wellness Guidelines. The guidelines are available at CatVets.com and AAHAnet.org
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico covers at least 2500 square miles of the ocean’s surface. This is one of the worst environmental disasters in recent history and there’s something you and your pet can do to help.
The non-profit organization, Matter of Trust, has been accepting non-filthy pet fur and human hair since 1998. This San Francisco based organizations accepts hair/fur donations to make oil-absorbing hairmats, known as “flat square dreadlocks” as well as hair stuffed containment booms or tubes made from recycled pantyhose. The hair contraptions are a natural and a very effective way of soaking up oil because oil clings to hair and doesn’t absorb it.
So how can you and your furry friend help? Collect any fur from your pet, ranging from horses to sheep to cats and dogs, as well as any human hair. Make sure there is no garbage in it such as paper or metal. Gather any washed used nylons (runs are fine), and place it all in separate plastic bag and separate boxes and mail them to Matter of Trust. As of May 4th, 400,000 lbs of hair was shipped to the Gulf Coast.
Matter of Trust has warehouses across the nation with hundreds of volunteers who stuff all hair and fur into nylons that are then tied together to form tubes/booms. These creations are used to surround, contain and aid in the cleanup of oil spills. Please visit Matter of Trust’s website to find which location to send your hair donation to and the proper labeling.