Your pets must love those long walks with you. But, did you know that while you are out taking your beloved best friend out for a walk through the woods or your backyard, you are exposing your pets to several pests? Those tiny mini beasts find their home in the soft fluffy fur of the adorable pet of yours and make their life miserable.
So, before you take your pet out for a walk again, here’s a list of pests that you need to watch out for:
Fleas love the warmth of your pet’s body. Needless to say, the soft fur of your pets makes them the perfect home for pests like fleas. These blood-sucking minibeasts live off your pet’s blood, making them extremely uncomfortable. Moreover, this makes your pets face the risk of flea-borne diseases and allergic reactions to those flea bites.
If the pests aren’t dealt with in the early stages, your pet can develop health issues, lose fur, and develop rashes and skin infections.
Remember, you should not take this lightly as fleas can suck in blood from your pet that is 15 times their body weight. With female fleas laying up to 50 eggs per day, a lack of proper preventive measures can push your pet towards serious health conditions.
As they are extremely hard to notice, they tend to blend and hide in your pet’s coat, making things difficult for you. This makes it crucial that you keep on checking up on your pet from time to time for any such pests or pest-related infections and take measures immediately on noticing one.
While fleas are harder to notice, things are more comfortable with ticks as they are larger in size. But with a bigger size, they are a greater nuisance as well. It would be best if you kept an eye out for them as they spread several tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis.
It’s really hard to get rid of ticks once it gets attached to your pet’s body. They are irritating blood-sucking pests that burrow deep into the skin of your pets and sucks blood, making it difficult for you to remove them. It will help if you exercise caution while getting rid of them from your pet’s body- as the process is painful and can lead to adverse situations. If needed, do not hesitate to take your vet’s help.
This is why you should always check your pet’s fur for ticks after it spends a considerable amount of time outside, especially in the grasslands and the woods. Make sure you follow proper protocols while removing the tick and use tweezers instead of your bare hands.
As a preventive or a control measure, you can use pet-friendly anti-tick sprays on your pets. But, make sure that you use the appropriate type of product on your pet as most dog-friendly products can prove to be fatal for other animals.
This was an obvious inclusion in the list of pests that can annoy your pets. Like humans, these blood-sucking creatures can spread diseases to your pets, and the most common being is heartworm.
Heartworm larvae enter your pet’s bloodstream through mosquito bites, proving to be fatal if left without treatment.
Although your pet can also be bitten by a disease-free mosquito, whose symptoms are limited to itchiness, it is better to exercise caution as a mosquito bite is anything but pleasant.
Bees and Wasps
We have all seen those funny videos on the internet where the dog has a swollen face as it had tried chasing a bee and got stung instead. What seems funny to us need not be a pleasant experience for your pets. It isn’t.
Bees and wasp stings are painful to your pets. Some pets are even allergic to bee stings, making things all the more severe and problematic. Along with swelling, there can be other symptoms, including pale gums and excessive drooling.
If you doubt that your pet has been stung, do seek your vet’s help immediately.
Most of the time, your pet isn’t as cautious as you want them to be. Which, for your pets, usually means stepping on an anthill. Your pet won’t have trouble dealing with a bite or two from an ant or fire ant. But things turn serious when your pets encounter a swarm.
Fire ants are infamous for the pain that follows their bite. AS they leave their sting in the victim, things can turn fatal for your pet if facing multiple fire ants. So, while taking your pet out for a walk in the woods, make sure you keep an eye on where it steps. If you have an anthill in your backyard, make sure you call the pest control and get them removed from your backyard to provide complete protection to your pet, yourself, and your house.
It is not necessarily a ‘pest’ that will annoy your pets. It is mostly the other way round. As the fireflies glow, they grab your pet’s attention and start chasing them. At times, out of curiosity, pets tend to eat one when they catch. But due to the presence of lucibufagins in fireflies, the act can be fatal.
Lucibufagins is a toxin that makes the fireflies glow. This toxin is poisonous to your cats and can cause an upset stomach, vomiting and might need your vet’s attention.
While dealing with such a long list of pests can be tiresome, keeping an eye out for all can make your life a tad bit miserable. So, it would be wiser to get proper pest control measures for your house and get anti-pest sprays for your pet. Even with all these precautions, if you see any symptoms on your dog of a possible reaction to pests, contact your vet immediately.