Summer is finally here, that means picnics, fireworks, parties and also sadly, bugs. This is the time of year when we have to be extra careful to help prevent our pets from being bitten by parasites. There are three that cause the most problems.
Fleas While fleas can be a year round problem, they are definitely worse in warmer weather. Fleas tend to remain on their host, although the eggs may fall off into the environment. They live off your pet’s blood and in large enough numbers can cause anemia. They can also transmit tapeworms to your pet. Many pets are allergic to fleas, and their bites can cause your pet to itch excessively, causing hair loss and skin infections. Luckily, it’s much easier to treat fleas now than it once was. We have a variety of products at Troy Animal Hospital that can be used to get rid of the fleas currently on your pet and to help prevent reinfestation. Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you have.
Ticks Ticks can be found throughout the warm weather anywhere, although they are more common in wooded areas and tall grass. They attach to your pet, most commonly around the head and neck. Ticks in large numbers can also cause anemia and can also spread disease, such as Lyme disease. If you’ve been out hiking with your dog, it’s a good idea to check it for ticks afterward. We have several products to help control ticks on your pet.
Mosquitoes While our pets find mosquito bites just as annoying as we do, the main concern from mosquitoes is the transmission of heartworm to our pets. If you have pet birds, West Nile Virus may also be a concern, and you may wish to keep birds inside, especially during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. Try and remove any areas where there is standing water, such as old flower pots or tires, since that is where mosquitoes breed. Heartworm is much easier to prevent than treat, so be sure to keep your pet on a heartworm preventative.
The summer months are a time to enjoy the outdoors and have fun, and with a little help from us, your pets can have an enjoyable and healthy summer as well.
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