Humans aren’t the only creatures that insects target. In fact, a few bugs pose serious health threats to your canine and feline family members. Knowing which bugs to worry about and how to protect your pets against them can ensure long, healthy lives for your favorite furry friends. The information below will help you understand why protecting your pets from insects is so important.
Fleas are tiny, flat insects that live in an animal’s fur and feed on its blood. Fleas and their bites can cause intense itching and skin irritation. Pets who are allergic to fleas suffer even more; they may lose their fur or develop extensive rashes and skin infections. As if the incessant itching and blood loss isn’t bad enough, fleas also carry the larvae of tapeworms. When a flea is ingested through grooming, the tapeworm larvae enter the digestive track and attach to the small intestine. While they’re not usually serious, tapeworms can cause itching and discomfort.
While mosquitoes are most famous for ruining picnics and spreading a frightening number of diseases to humans, they’re also capable of giving both cats and dogs heartworms. The bite of an infected mosquito transmits heartworm larvae to your pet’s bloodstream. Once the worms mature, they lodge in the heart and lungs where they reproduce and cause symptoms such as cough and weakness. Heartworms are often fatal without early and aggressive treatment. Fortunately, they’re relatively easy to prevent.
Stinging Bees and Wasps
A bee or wasp sting is just as painful for your pets as it is for you. In addition to pain and swelling, pets can also suffer life-threatening allergic reactions. Symptoms of severe reactions in pets are similar to those experienced by humans. They include generalized swelling, hives, difficulty breathing, diarrhea and shock.
The Keys to Pet Pest Protection
Here are a few strategic tips that can help you protect your cherished pets from their insect enemies.
1. Keep your eyes open for signs of flea infestation such as excessive scratching, skin irritation, fur loss, visible insects and black specks in and around places your pets sleep.
2. Be aware of your pets’ general health. If a pet suddenly develops unusual symptoms like weight loss, gastrointestinal problems, trouble breathing, frequent coughing or extreme lethargy, see your veterinarian immediately to rule out the presence of insect-related parasites.
3. Keep your home clean and vacuum regularly.
4. Ask your veterinarian about prescription flea and heartworm control products that can be given on a continual basis to protect your pets.
5. Consult a professional pest control company to eliminate existing pests in your home and yard and help prevent recurrent infestations.
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