Spoilers for Summer Fun: Ticks and Mosquitoes

Summer Fun Spoilers 

  Summer is the time to enjoy any number of outdoor activities. However, there are some nasty little critters that can spoil all the fun – ticks and mosquitoes. Your furry friends love to go hiking, camping and just plain hanging out at the lake for the day. Don't let ticks and mosquitoes ruin your together time.

Ticks and Where They Hide

 Tick activity has been especially high in spring 2018, with the increase of rain. Tick populations grow when it is wet, because of the higher ambient humidity (it’s not the rain that matters per se, it’s the humidity). Ticks are moisture-seekers and thus can stay out for longer periods of time hunting for dinner in damp or rainy weather. On the other hand, when it is dry, they bury deeper into leaf litter in search of moisture.

  • How do ticks spread from one area to another? Migratory birds can introduce ticks to a new area.
  • How to spot ticks on my pet? Many species of ticks are difficult to see, especially in thick coated dogs so a thorough look over of your pet when you get home is the best. Check ears, toes and armpits. These areas are where ticks LOVE to hide.
  • How do I remove these pests? There are many tick removing devices out on the open market BUT if you are home and want that bug gone quick then you can remove them with a pair of tweezers. Be sure to grab it by the head upon removing.

 

cat and dog tick and mosquito

Mosquitoes and Heartworms

 Keep in mind during the warm weather mosquitoes are out in force. Be sure to administer your pet’s monthly heartworm preventions to guard your canine or feline against heartworm disease. Here in Georgia veterinary practices recommend your pet to have heartworm prevention given all year round. 

  • How do I protect my pet from Heartworms and Heartworm Disease? Annual testing is necessary, even when dogs are on heartworm prevention year-round, to ensure that the prevention program is working. Heartworm medications are highly effective, but dogs can still become infected. If you miss just one dose of a monthly medication—or give it late—it can leave your dog unprotected. Even if you give the medication as recommended, your dog may spit out or vomit a heartworm pill—or rub off a topical medication. Heartworm preventives are highly effective, but not 100 percent effective. 
  • How do I know that "Fido" has Heartworm Disease? Your veterinarian will need to test your dog to determine that he or she is positive for heartworms. They will also verify that the patient has been on regularly administered heartworm prevention. If your furry friend is positive then your veterinarian will recommend a treatment protocol involving several steps that is correct for your pet.

 

Summer time is supposed to be fun and exhausting for pets and owners alike! If outdoor adventures and parties are in your lifestyle and you have questions contact us to be sure your pet is effectively protected and safe. 

Happy Summer Fun!