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Summertime Pet Pests

Summertime brings a lot of fun for our pets—outdoor playtime, swimming, maybe even vacations. Unfortunately, summer also brings pests like fleas and mosquitoes that plague our furry friends. As pet owners, we must be prepared and knowledgeable about pests that are attracted to our cats and dogs, as well as what to do about them. Below, a Milford veterinarian discusses the different summertime pests and how you can prevent and treat them.

Ticks

Ticks are a danger to your pet in the summer, especially if you live near an especially wooded or grassy area. Ticks can carry Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and more dangerous maladies. Every time your pet comes indoors, check his whole body for ticks. If one is found, remove it safely. If your pet exhibits any strange symptoms shortly after a tick bite, call your Milford vet immediately. You should also speak with your Milford veterinarian to ensure you’re removing ticks properly.

Fleas

The first symptoms of flea infection are usually itching, scabs, and hair loss. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, call your Milford veterinarian and he or she will put your pet on a flea treatment and prevention program.

Special shampoos, along with frequent bathing and combing, can help prevent fleas from infesting your cat or dog. Ask your Milford vet for more information on products like these that you can use to cut down the risk.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are just as much of a pest to our pets as they are to us. Aside from an itchy bump at the site of the bite, mosquitoes can carry diseases like heartworms and West Nile Virus that can be life-threatening to your pet. If caught sooner rather than later, your pet has a better chance of recovery. Bring your pet to your Milford veterinarian as soon as he exhibits any strange symptoms or if you think he was bitten by a mosquito.

Botflies

Botflies like to attach to warm-blooded animals traveling through tall grasses. Botfly infection can cause seizures, blindness, and skin lumps—take your pet to your Milford veterinary professional as soon as any of these symptoms appear.

Fungal Parasites

Certain parasites and bacterium live in various climates, including water and dirt, and can infest your pet when given the opportunity. These can enter into your pet’s body by going in nasal passages or other orifices or by burrowing through the skin. Be careful if your pet swims in ponds or lakes, or spends time in wet, damp climates.

Obviously, you can’t avoid all pests from affecting your pet—the best you can do is perform regular preventative maintenance and then act quickly if an infestation does occur. Consult your Milford veterinarian on the best preventative measures to take against these summertime pests, and don’t hesitate to bring your pet in if he exhibits any unusual symptoms.

 

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