While ticks and mosquitoes can be both annoying and harmful to humans, our furry counterparts can also be affected. There are many illnesses and diseases that can be contracted through both ticks and mosquitoes. It's important to protect your property from these insects not only to safeguard yourself but your furry family members.
How Mosquitoes Can Affect Pets 🦟
Although mosquito bites may not seem like a serious threat to you or your pet's health, there are actually many risks that are imposed on your pet that range from mild to severe! Just like humans, pets also get very itchy after getting a mosquito bite. This can cause itching and pain in your dogs, causing the bite to turn into a raised welt. If you notice your dog scratching a lot in a certain area, check for a mosquito bite! In some instances, swelling may occur around the mosquito bite. This can mimic skin infections so make sure to check in with your veterinarian if you get worried. The constant licking and scratching that follows a mosquito bite can cause an infection. If it becomes an open wound, it can become infected by certain environmental contaminants. This can also cause a hot spot to form. If you see this occurring, contact your veterinarian to see if they advise over-the-counter medication.
There are some more serious risks of mosquito bites on your pet such as diseases and viruses. Heartworms are transmitted solely through mosquito bites. When mosquitoes bite an infected animal, they can spread heartworms to other hosts after. Heartworm disease may be fatal if left untreated! Pets can also contract the West Nile virus, similar to humans. This severe illness may cause seizures, fever, and mobility issues. Please note that this is very unlikely to happen in your pets, though.
How Ticks Can Affect Pets 🐈
Ticks attach to your pet by inserting their mouthparts into their skin. Many ticks also produce a sticky substance that helps them to remain attached. After biting and attaching, ticks begin feeding on your pet's blood causing redness and irritation.
Although rare, there are some serious effects that a tick can inflict on your beloved pet. If left untreated for long enough, ticks can consume enough blood to cause a deficiency called anemia. Because of this, it's important to check your pet after bringing it for any outdoor activities. Make sure that you remove any found ticks as soon as possible in a safe way! Ticks can also cause many diseases in your pet such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever within 24-48 hours of attaching to your pet. Yes, pets can also be affected by Lyme disease just like humans! Lyme disease can cause swelling in your pet's joints resulting in a lot of pain. Rocky Mountain spotted fever can cause a fever, lameness, and other signs. Make sure to visit your veterinarian so that they can answer any questions about these diseases or help you out if you suspect that your dog might have these diseases.
How would my dog get a tick?
A: Ticks sit on tall grasses and shrubs, waiting for your dog to walk by, so they can attach themselves to them.
Where do dogs most commonly get ticks?
A: Ticks can be found anywhere on a dog's body but are most common on the feet, neck, head, and ears. Some ticks can be found in the webbing between the toes, or attached to the anus, so looking everywhere on your dog is important.
What pet parasites are most common in my area?
A: Take a look at this website that forecasts the most popular pet parasites in your area: https://petdiseasealerts.org/forecast-map/#/.
How can I check my pets for ticks?
A: It's crucial to check your pets for ticks after they're finished exploring the outdoors! Here is a simple infographic to help you take these simple steps:
How to Prevent Ticks From Attaching 🐶
It can be extremely difficult to prevent ticks from attaching to your pets that love the outdoors. Checking them every time they come from outside can be redundant. While it is still important to check your pets, there are a few other ways to prevent ticks from even being on your property in the first place. The overall best way to do this is regular use of tick control products. Your veterinarian can advise you about the best product for your dog or situation. Pure Solutions offers all-natural tick and mosquito control that is a safer option for your pets. By utilizing Pure Solutions services, you can protect your pets from any diseases caused by ticks and mosquitoes!
How Can Pure Solutions Protect Your Pets From Ticks and Mosquitoes? 🌱
It's important to also utilize organic, natural insect repellent and pesticides. Not only is it better for you and your pets, but also the environment because they don't contain harsh chemicals. Our natural insect repellent is just as effective at driving away bugs and a lot of them also contain antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties.
Pure Solutions has all-natural tick and mosquito control treatments that offer safer solutions for whatever mosquito issues you may have. We utilize National Organic Program-compliant products that are safer for kids, pets, and the environment. None of our equipment is contaminated by synthetic products because we only offer all-natural options! Because it's completely organic and mostly just contains essential oils, you can be outdoors immediately after our treatments.
You can receive a free quote by clicking the link below! Our team can assess your property and deliver a proposal for our mosquito control services. This is the first step to getting rid of those annoying mosquitoes in a completely organic way. What's best about this option is that it works!
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