As spring ends and summer begins it is important to remember that extra precaution must be taken to keep our fury friends flea, tick, and heartworm safe. Many of us get outside with our dogs more as the weather gets nicer. Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes also get more active as the weather gets nicer. This creates many more opportunities for dogs and cats alike to encounter problems with these pests. The good news is that there are some simple precautions that can be taken to make sure your pets stay safe from the effects of fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.
Fleas and ticks can be spotted by looking over your pets daily, and are easily treated. A monthly topical or oral treatment such as advantix or frontline can keep fleas and ticks from making your pet their home. It is important to remember, however, that these preventions only work after your pet has been bitten by fleas or ticks. This doesn’t cause much of a problem in the case of the fleas, but the ticks can embed themselves well into a dog or cat before the medication kills them. This is why it is important to check your pets daily, if not every time they come in from playing outside. These two simple steps will help your pet stay free of pesky invaders, but it will not help fight heartworms.
Heartworms pose a serious threat to a animals health, and can result in death. This is why it is very important to understand heartworms and what can be done to prevent them. Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes when an infected mosquito bites an animal. It is important to religiously give your pet heartworm prevention to keep this problem at bay. Because of the serious nature of heartworms, it is also a good idea to take extra precautions. If you live around an area that has a lot of mosquitoes it would be a good idea to use a fogger to treat the area and kill the mosquitoes. Another step could be to avoid going to public areas such as parks and lakes with your pets around dusk and dawn as the mosquitoes are more active around this time. Taking the precautionary steps will keep you worry free about the risk of heartworms in you pets.
It is important to get out and enjoy the outdoors with you pet. They will love the time spent with you outside and enjoy the exercise as well. As long as consideration is taken for fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes there should be no health issues arise because of them. Talk to your veterinarian about these medications and they can recommend the best solution for you and your pet.