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