Keeping your Pet Healthy this Spring
As the mercury begins to rise of the next few months you may find yourself and you pets spending more time outdoors. During this time it is important to keep one eye out for bugs which like to bite; many of them carry diseases which can affect your pet.
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Fleas bite in the adult stage, and when they are present on the dog or cat. They can also lay eggs that can easily fall off the animal as it moves around. If your dog does get fleas, you need to treat inside and outside your house & wherever else your pet ventures.
Target where animals sleep and hang out, which includes thoroughly cleaning pet bedding or your own bedding. Vacuum well to draw up larvae, pupae and eggs that are in carpeting, rugs or other surfaces.
Ticks can transmit various diseases, including Lyme Disease. Symptoms of a tickborn disease may not actually appear for upto 21 days or even longer after a tick bite, so be sure to watch closely for any behavioural or appetite changes.
If you suspect your pet has been bitten by a tick, it is important to remove them as soon as possible. For further advice, is is recommended to consult a veterinary organisations.
Heartworms are transmitted between animals by mosquitoes. The infection moves through the animal's body, eventually reaching the lungs and heart and damaging blood vessels and causing disease.
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