arbeques, beach days and sunset walks all signify
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that seems so far away in January. However,
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associated irritation and illness.
Warm and humid weather supports the insect lifecycle, so
spring and summer are the seasons commonly linked with pets
(and humans) suffering from bites and stings. Some continually
adults; therefore, pets are less prone to being bitten or stung.
Fleas, flies, mosquitoes and ticks are the most common
ectoparasites to which pets are exposed. Such insects
thrive by consuming blood and can spread potentially fatal
microorganisms. Stinging insects including ants, bees, hornets
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(“allergic”) reactions, but luckily do not take up residence on a
dog or cat’s skin nor are disease spreading.
Fleas harbor a variety of bacteria, including Bartonella, which
is excreted in feces after a blood meal is consumed. Bartonella
persist in the saliva or under the nails of infected dogs and cats,
sicken a pet or person with “cat scratch disease.” Fleas also
carry parasites like tapeworm, which can enter a pet’s digestive
tract if a flea is consumed.
Mosquito bites can spread a variety of harmful organisms
including parasites such as heartworm and viruses like West
Nile. Ticks primarily harbor bacterial organisms, including
bacteria that cause Lyme disease, Ehrhlichiosis and Rocky
Mountain Spotted Fever. Even though pets infected with one
release from pets and latch onto owners.
Resolving infestations with fleas or ticks can be challenging.
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potentially expensive treatment, so it is best to focus on
prevention. Use a veterinary prescribed preventative medication
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treatment depending on the pet’s needs and lifestyle. Regular
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grooming, preventing pets’ access to parasite infected areas
(woods, outings at dusk or dawn, etc.), frequent washing
of bedding and vacuuming can also help fend off insect
Summer is here and so are a whole new set of deadly hazards.
$;;PATRICK MAHANEY VMD, CVA, CVJ
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