3 Pests Most Dangerous to Your Pet
When it comes to your pets safety, be aware of pests that can result in a vet visit or worse. Some pests are surely more dangerous than others and some can even pose a fatal risk to your pets.
1) Venomous snakes
Most snakes are harmless and non-aggressive but some can cause serious harm to your pets. Snakes that contain venom in their bites are the ones to look out for. Copperheads are one of the most common that can have unfortunate run-ins with your pet, and they are capable of inflicting serious harm if your pet happens upon them. Most bites happen when your pet accidentally or curiously disturbs a snake. Depending on the amount of venom released during the bite it can result in a fatality. Some animals are more sensitive to the venom than others. Keeping your yard clear of debris and supervising your pet when outdoors can help to avoid these interactions. If there's a snake problem in your area consider professional pest control.
2) Fleas, Ticks and Mosquitoes
Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes are pretty much everywhere during the warmer months. These parasites can cause serious diseases in pets as well as a lot of discomfort. Ticks can cause a multitude of diseases if they bite your dog. Lyme disease is one of the diseases ticks can spread and it affects humans and pets, but can only be transmitted by ticks, it's not contagious from dogs to humans. Flea infestations can happen fast. These pests will quickly lay their eggs on your dog or cat and multiply while feeding on their blood. Fleas can cause intestinal worms if they are ingested and can result in anemia, especially in younger animals. Mosquitoes can be very difficult to control without professional pest control treatment, and they can cause heartworm disease. To deter these pests it's recommended that you keep your pets clean and well groomed. Use a spray or topical treatment on pets to prevent severe infestations. If your pet is outdoors often or if you live in a wooded area be extra cautious of these pests. You may also want to treat your yard where pets frequently venture.
3) Stinging insects
We have all heard of people who sometimes develop severe reactions to bees and wasps, but did you know pets can too? Bees and wasps mainly want to be left alone but when they are disturbed by a pet they will sting. Most dogs and cats will not have severe reactions but some can. Usually redness and swelling are the extent of harm inflicted. Severe reactions can occur and can result in serious health risks to your pet. Just as with venomous snakes this really depends on the individual animal and their reaction to the sting or bite. If you notice there is a lot of bee or wasp activity near the area your pet frequents, consider keeping them at a distance until the area is clear. Bees and wasps can build their nests in a variety of areas including in the ground or in bushes.
With all of these pests and others that can infest and cause harm to pets, it's important to be alert to potential problem areas and take precautions to protect your pets. Preventative measures include treating the yard, treating your pet, and being proactive to deter pests. If your pet is having a reaction to an encounter with any pest, consider following up with your veterinarian. Expedient treatment is vital!