Summer Pests That Affect Cats & Dogs

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Summer Pests That Affect Cats & Dogs
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Summer is probably the best season to spend some fun outdoor time with your cat or dog. However, it is also known as the season of pests and since you and your friend are going to be spending a lot of time out during this period, the chances of those pests latching on to your dog/cat are very high.And we all know that the trouble doesn’t end there. What bothers your dog or cat is also going to bother you. After all, it’s you has to deal with the constant scratching and what not.So, we’ve compiled this list to warn you of all the pests that you and your pet are likely to come across in the summer. Keep an eye out and don’t spend too much time outdoors.

Fleas

The biggest summer threat comes in the form of fleas. It’s almost impossible to escape fleas. These little creatures can live anywhere and they thrive in warm and humid areas. So, if you live in a tropical environment, take extra care. Fleas can be a pretty serious problem. They are known to cause complications other than just itching or scabbing. There have been cases where fleas have deposited tapeworm larvae into the host’s body. So, if you suspect fleas, seek veterinary treatment immediately. Do not medicate without expert advice. Also, make sure you do not use dog flea treatment on cats. They aren’t the same. Flea treatment solutions for dogs contain permethrin, which can be fatal for cats.

Ticks

Like fleas, ticks exist in the outdoors too and they are always on the lookout for warm blooded hosts. So, once you bring your pet back inside, check for ticks immediately. If ignored, ticks can end up causing major problems for your pet. Ticks secrete a poison that can even end up being life threatening. So, if you spot ticks, talk to your veterinarian about treatment options. If the tick buries in deep, your dog/cat could end up being poisoned. If this happens, watch out for symptoms such as vomiting, weakness in the hind legs, breathing problems etc. Also, rush your dog to the veterinarian immediately. Of course, the best thing is to prevent this from happening. They are topical applications and other solutions in the market. However, they aren’t always 100% effective.

Flies

These are far less threatening. However, they can drive you and your dog/cat mad. The best way to avoid flies is by maintaining hygiene. Make sure your home is kept clean. Eliminate leftover dog food and wipe away dog poop right away. To prevent flies from entering your cat/dog’s ears, rub petroleum jelly on the ears or use a fly repellent spray.

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