No matter the season, city dogs will always envy those who get to run free in trails of mud and open spaces of grass. But even if you lived in the city your pet is just as at risk as any country curious investigating dogs! Whether your dog is exposed to wildlife or other pets at the neighbourhood park, risks of catching a flea, a mosquito sting or a tick bite, these are present pesky pests that can affect your dog no matter the lifestyle or the season. Although mild winters and early springs generate an ideal time for these pests’ reproduction, they create a vulnerable environment for dogs.
Regardless of the season and environmental fluctuations you should always be aware of pests’ activity surrounding your dog’s milieu.
What Pesky Pests Are Threatening Your Furry Friend?
It is extraordinary what a small little flea can cause as damage to your dog’s health. In addition to the itchy irritating substance that causes hives, rashes or even wounded or oozing skin, fleas can cause serious illness in their dog hosts such as lyme disease, anemia and many more life threatening conditions.
Fleas produce eggs that hatch into even more eggs. They can even drop on your floor, carpets and drapery, and infest your home. Leading to even more severe infections and blood loss for your pet and leaving you a victim of a persistent pest.
Just as fleas, ticks are but a larger counterpart. Hosting similar serious life threatening symptoms, ticks attach to your dog’s body causing blood loss, inflammations, lameness, severe neurological abnormalities. and even a tick toxin induced paralysis.
A tick needs to be attached for at least forty eight hours, and an infected one starts transmitting diseases such as Lyme disease within 12 hours of attaching itself to your dog.
You would think a mosquito would be less threatening than a flea or a tick! THINK AGAIN!
Such a nuisance, annoyance and discomfort for both dogs & owners. Mosquito bites cause not only itchiness and skin irritation, they pass on deadly parasites “ Heart Worm” that can cause extensive damage to your dog’s heart and lungs.
So How Can You Protect Your Dog From Fleas, Ticks & Mosquitos?
To prevent such exposure, control infestation and protect your dog from threatening diseases caused by these harmful insects, here are a few tips to keep you and your dog safe and healthy.
Check Your Dog!
Conduct regular, thorough and vigorous inspections of your dog’s body :
- Check if your dog is scratching.
- Check your dog’s skin. Using your fingers, part the fur to expose the skin.
- Check for red spots on your dog’s skin, and pressing gently, comb your fingers through the fur to feel any bumps.
- Check for adult fleas. They are miniscule but you might catch them jumping or scurrying away when you part the fur.
- Check the whole body, including : ears, around face & neck, eyes … and don’t forget their paws and between their toes.
- Check your dog’s body on a regular basis, and especially when visiting new areas or interacting with new puppy friends.
- Check if your dog is getting groomed properly and taking regular baths.
Check Your Surroundings!
Owning a pet, you will expect some of these tips to be of common sense. Still, maintaining a regular inspection of your home and backyard will ensure that you, your family and your four legged addition are safe and healthy.
- Check your home for such voracious blood sucking pests. Look for dark tiny spots on your drapery, bedwear, carpets or cushioned furniture. Maintain a clean home and ensure such surfaces are vacuumed regularly to ensure getting rid of any eggs, larvae or adult pests that might infest your home.
- Check your backyard and keep it neat. Pests such as fleas and ticks enjoy tall grass patches and overgrown bushes. Basic mowing and weeding can help prevent their reproduction.
- Check for plants you can add to your garden to naturally repel insects. They commonly dislike sage, lavender, citronella mint and garlic. You can also make your very own eco friendly spray using such naturally sourced solutions, if your dog will allow it!
Check What’s Best For Your Dog!
Ultimately you want to keep yourself and your favourite companion from such discomforting and scary situations. When fighting for your dog against ticks, fleas and mosquitoes, it is crucial to prioritize prevention and protection. Make sure you use effective insect protection for dogs all year long. Choose the right insect repellent that suits you and your dog. Remember! If you don’t get rid of these bothersome bugs they’ll just keep coming and coming! Re-infesting your pooch and your environment.