The days are getting shorter, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that your dog wants to hunker down for the rest of the year. Instead, there’s so much more to see, smell, and do outdoors than there was just a few weeks ago. Even though some parasites seem like they’re fading to the background, the scary truth is that ticks always abound. Maintaining monthly parasite prevention medication is a big part of their defense, but there’s more to protecting your pet from these bugs.
Year Round Protocol
Ticks lie in wait in areas of high grass, leaf litter, and dense tree cover. As bloodsucking ectoparasites, ticks pick up bacteria or other pathogens from their hosts. When they feed off another human or animal host, they pass along digestive fluids, anticoagulants, and infectious diseases. Continue…
Unless you’re an entomologist, parasites probably bug you. They’re creepy, crawly, and have the potential to cause all sorts of health problems in your pet. Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are the main offenders, but with year-round parasite prevention you can kick them to the proverbial curb.
No Fleas! Please?
Fleas get inside the home via pets or people. Mostly picked up in woodpiles, leaf litter, shady areas, mulch, or grass thatch, they can be deposited there by squirrels, rabbits, groundhogs, opossums, and others.
While they can wreak havoc in your house, a single flea can lay eggs on your pet, developing into larvae, pupae, and adult fleas before you know it. Because it can take a few months to fully eradicate a flea infestation, it’s best to stop the cycle before it starts by using a monthly parasite preventative year round.
Likewise, fleas can remain dormant inside your home during the colder months, only to awake and take over when the spring comes.
Blood-suckers already have a pretty terrible reputation, but when they spread disease, they become truly awful. Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis are all transmitted from ticks to pets (and other animals). However, when parasite prevention is maintained throughout the year, your pet is protected from threats like the deer tick, brown dog tick, lone star tick, and American dog tick.
Lyme disease has been found in all 50 states. If your pet frequents wooded areas, we recommend having him or her tested for tick-borne disease and vaccinated against Lyme disease. But remember, your pet doesnt have to be in the deep woods to pick up ticks – they can easily be in your own backyard so you should be checking your pet often.
Springtime is the time for getting outdoors! And what could be better than hanging out on the deck or going for a walk with your four-legged companion? Of course, this season not only prompts us to come out of winter slumber and become more active, it’s also prime time for parasites.
While these pests are a year-round concern, there’s no doubt that warmer, humid weather brings them out in droves. Keep reading to learn more about these harmful bugs and how to keep your pet protected from parasites and the diseases they carry.