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Pets and Insects.



Keeping insects away from pets is an important part of good care. The most problematic insects for pets are parasites such as ticks and mosquitoes. This type of insect can cause serious problems for your pet because they can carry and transmit diseases. The most common and serious type of disease that mosquitoes carry is heartworms. Any dog in an area that has mosquitoes should be on a heartworm preventative medication. The disease is severe and can be deadly. Not being on the medication is simply not worth the risk. There are, however, other less common diseases that mosquitoes that can carry and keeping mosquitoes away from your cat and dog is wise.



Ticks similarly can transmit a variety of diseases. One of the most well known diseases is lyme disease. Unfortunately, there is not a common preventative for lyme disease. This makes keeping ticks off your pet even more important. Fortunately, there are several strong long lasting flea and tick medications. However, be aware that most flea and tick medications do not repel other biting insects. Also, care should be taken when your pet goes outdoors. Particularly if you pet spends time in wooded or swampy areas. Checking your pet for ticks regularly will help make him more comfortable and may help prevent more serious problems. This is important even if your pet is on a flea and tick medication.



One of the difficulties with insect bites is that your pet can’t tell you that he has been bit, and due to their fur it can be difficult to find a bite or a bug. Mites are also a parasitic insect that can transmit diseases particularly mange. Mange spreads most commonly when the mites transfer from one infected dog to another healthy dog.



Another insect problem is with stinging insects. This tends to be more of a problem with curious puppies and kittens that don’t realize that they can be hurt by sniffing a hornet or bee, although adult pets can have this problem too. Usually the main concern is relieving the pain and swelling. Ice a sting and put a baking soda and water paste on the sting to help soothe it, and remove the stinger if necesary. Stings can be dangerous if your pet has an allergic reaction. In this case seek medical attention immediately.



 

 

 


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