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How to Protect Your Pets from Fleas, Ticks, and Mosquitoes This Summer

Summer is here, and you will likely be spending more time outdoors together with your family. You need to protect your family from pests and bugs this summer, and that includes your pets as well. Pests such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitos can make your pet miserable. Additionally, these pests can spread diseases and cause discomfort. 

 

Do you know a flea infestation, if left untreated, could lead to the death of a pet? Here is information on how you can protect your pets from fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes this summer.

 

Mosquitoes


 

Mosquitoes are prevalent during summer and their bites can have worse effects than just causing an annoying itch. Mosquitoes can carry the heartworm parasite that is quite dangerous to pets. Thousands of dogs die or become disabled every year due to heartworm disease.

 

To protect your pets from mosquitoes in and around your home, do not let your animals out at dusk or dawn because this is the time mosquitoes are most active.

 

You should drain stagnant water and get rid of empty pots and cans outside where they can accumulate rainwater. This is because mosquitoes can breed anywhere where there is stagnant water. Make sure your gutters are clean at all times to allow water to flow freely. Also, keep your doors and windows properly screened. 

 

Fleas


 

Fleas are spread by spending time outdoors and through contact with other animals. Flea bites are very itchy as dogs are allergic to flea saliva. Some pets are more sensitive to flea bites, resulting in severe skin infection, inflammation, and hair loss. Fleas can jump from one animal to another and multiply quickly. A flea infestation in your home can cause a lot of problems. 

 

The best way to deal with fleas before they get out of control is prevention. Vacuum your furniture, carpets, and floors regularly. Also, clean your pet’s bedding regularly and make sure to clean your pet properly. Visit your veterinarian in Weslaco, TX at Border Animal Hospital to discuss which preventative measures are best for your pet.

 

Ticks


 

Ticks pose several threats to pets. They carry bacteria that cause Ehrlichia disease and Lyme disease. Ticks can go unnoticed since they attach themselves to your pet’s skin and hide under the fur. You should inspect your dog frequently for ticks. 

 

To protect your pets from ticks, you should get them tick collars. Check and remove ticks that have attached themselves to your pet, paying attention to hidden areas such as under the belly and ears. Cut your grass regularly and remove all unwanted debris from your yard. Talk to your vet in Weslaco about preventative measures and wash your pets regularly with soap and water.


 

To learn more about protecting your pets from fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, contact Border Animal Hospital in Weslaco, Texas at (956) 968-3858 with any questions or to book an appointment today.

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