TIS THE SEASON FOR FLEAS AND TICKS
Hulett Environmental urges pet owners to protect their four-legged friends
Many pests can pose serious health threats to humans during the summer season, but there are also a handful of insects that can be problematic for family pets. Hulett Environmental warns that dogs, cats and other animals are at an increased risk of encountering fleas and ticks during the warmer months.
When the weather is nice, pets are likely to spend additional time outdoors enjoying long walks or playing in the yard. Unfortunately, this means they are more susceptible to attracting fleas and ticks. Not only can these pests make your beloved pet sick, but they can lead to an unwanted infestation in the home.
Blacklegged deer ticks can transmit Lyme disease to pets, while American dog ticks are known to spread Rocky Mountain spotted fever and in severe cases can cause tick paralysis, which occurs when a female tick attaches near a pet’s spinal cord.
Fleas cause itchy, red bumps that lead to excessive scratching, along with unpleasant conditions such as anemia, dermatitis and tapeworms. Additionally, fleas breed at lightning speed and can quickly grow into a large infestation in pet owners’ homes.
To keep your animals safe from pests, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of public health, food and property from household pests, recommends the following tips:
- Keep an eye on pets for excessive scratching or licking.
- Avoid walking pets in tall grass where pests often gather.
- Bathe pets after walks or playtime with other animals
- Wash pet bedding, plush toys, and vacuum frequently.
- Talk to a veterinarian about treatment options to protect your pet, and seek medical advice if ticks or fleas are found on your pet.
It’s important for pet owners to be on the lookout for fleas and ticks, checking their pets frequently throughout the summer months.
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