April is Heartworm Awareness Month and Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month and if you’re an avid follower of our blog, then you know we’ve been blogging a lot about ticks in recent days and the illness they can cause in humans. If you were an avid follower of bulletin boards and framed pictures in our office, you’d see we’re pet folks here at Mosquito Joe and knowledge is power when it comes to insects causing sickness in our pets.
Heartworm is a serious illness with dogs and cats. So serious that monthly preventative medication is highly recommened from veterinarians to keep our pets healthy. But as you’re checking out and paying for that medication, do you even know how this disease would be transmitted to your pet if not protected? Mosquitoes! The mosquito plays a vital role in the heartworm life cycle. Adult female heartworms living in an infected dog produce microscopic baby worms called microfilaria that circulate in the bloodstream. When a mosquito bites and takes meal from an infected animal, it picks up these baby worms, and when the infected mosquito bites another dog or cat, the infective larvae are deposited onto the surface of the animal’s skin and enter the new host through the mosquito’s bite wound. Yet another issue to deal with when it comes to the mosquito.
Ticks and Your Pets
It is no surprise that ticks cause Lyme disease in humans, but it can also cause the disease in dogs too. The symptoms are similar but (as you can imagine) convey themselves differently in pups than in humans. Here is what you can be on the lookout for with Lyme disease in dogs:
- Stiff walk with an arched back
- Sensitive to touch
- Difficulty breathing
- Fever, lack of appetite, and depression may accompany inflammation of the joints
- Lymph nodes close to the site of the infecting tick bite may be swollen
There is no central place for reporting cases of Lyme diseases in pets, but we do know that it is a concern for pet owners, so keep reading to get prevention tips for ticks and Lyme disease.
Crying for Fleadom?
We all know that ticks can make us all sick, but most people just think fleas are annoying. What many people don’t know is that fleas actually carry diseases just like mosquitoes and ticks. Fleas find “hosts” and those hosts are warm blooded animals. Naturally they are usually dogs and cats, but they can also be opossums, rats, and other rodents. According to the ASPCA, since fleas can consume 15 times their
own body weight in blood, they can cause anemia and a significant amount of blood loss over time. They can even cause tapeworm!
Prevention and Treatment
If you have pets, veterinarians recommend a monthly flea, tick and heartworm preventative to be given once a month during ALL seasons. Only giving your dog or cat flea treatments during spring and summer is not effective. What your vet might fail to mention is the first step in flea, tick and mosquito prevention is treating your yard. Our mosquito control services also kill and prevent fleas and ticks, so let Mosquito Joe be your first line of defense against these disease carrying pests. Contact us today for a free quote. We have no contracts and no obligations, just mosquito treatment solutions.
Give your pets their yard back this spring/summer!