Every year after winter has melted away, and the warmer weather begins to arrive, it marks the start of a new set of challenges for pet owners. The spring and summer are the prime time for ticks and fleas, so it’s important for pet owners to make sure they are taking precautions and protecting their pets from parasites.
Ticks are extremely prominent across Canada, and while there are several different types, you should watch out for all of them. They are members of the spider family, which is where they get their strong bite from. Ticks can be dangerous to you and your pets because they can transmit Lyme disease and Ehrlichiosis, among other things, all of which can have negative long-term health effects, with some of the diseases they transmit even being deadly. There are several tick prevention medications available for pets, but you should consult with your veterinarian to find out which one is the best for protecting your pets from parasites.
Although fleas are not as dangerous as ticks, they should still be a cause for concern for pet owners. Fleas are tiny parasitic insects that survive by consuming the blood of other animals. Initially, they will just cause your pet to experience skin irritation, itching, and swelling, but over time if left untreated, they can cause serious problems. If your pet consumes any of the fleas or their larva while scratching the irritated areas, it can lead to them developing tapeworms or contracting typhus. Fleas are more prevalent during the warmer months, but they can survive year-round in most areas. It’s imperative that you invest in some form of flea control for your pets to ensure you are protecting them from all of the diseases these parasites carry.
These are another commonly known family of parasites that can affect your pets, but protecting your furry friends from them is essential because treatment can be tricky. Heartworms tend to be somewhat regional, but one of the ways they are transmitted is through mosquitoes, so it can also travel from one area to another relatively easily. The best form of protection is prevention, so it’s imperative to start giving your pets preventative medicine as soon as possible and continue to do so throughout their lives.
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