As the weather heats up, your pet may be at risk of being infected by a disease carried by fleas, ticks or mosquitos. When it comes to defense against disease carrying insects, prevention is always the best method. While you’re trying to control the fleas and ticks that have made homes on your pets and inside of your home, you’ll be kicking yourself wishing, “if only I had only just prevented them in the first place.”
Your pet’s fluffy, fur coat is prime real-estate and exactly what fleas and ticks look for in a home. Your pet is the insect equivalent of a dream home to these creepy crawlies. Once they are on your pet, they live off of their blood. What they could possibly be transmitting to your furry friend can be incredibly dangerous for the life of your pet, such as Lyme disease or tapeworms. This kind of infestation is not only dangerous to your pet, but to your whole family because these diseases can be transmitted to humans just as easily.
Heartworm is another dangerous disease carried from one pet to the next through the bite of a mosquito. Once matured, a heartworm is a foot long, living in your pet from 2 to 7 years, depending on your pet’s species, causing lung disease, heart failure and damaging other organs. You should have your pet tested yearly for heartworm and give them a preventative once a month.
There are countless products that you can purchase for the control or prevention of an infestation. Some are topical, while others are taken orally by your pet. It is also important to know that there are a variety of specifications that will factor into the type of product that will be most effective and healthy for your pet. These specifications include, but are not limited to: type of animal, breed, age, health and medications currently being taken. To know the best method of veterinary-approved flea and tick preparations for your pet, speak with your veterinarian.
To be sure that your preventative measures are effective, regularly inspect your pets for ticks or fleas to make sure they haven’t been infected. You will be better able to see these insects where your pet’s fur is thinner, think belly or armpits. If you’re interested in learning tips about prevention, click here: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/flea-tick/flea-and-tick-prevention-tips/