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How to Keep Your Dogs & Cats Safe from Pests

How to Keep Your Dogs & Cats Safe from Pests

By Debug Pest Control - 07/02/13

Dogs and cats are sure to be outside most summer days. Whether you take them for planned walks, or let them roam free, they will come in contact with some creepy crawlies. Pet owners need to be especially cautious, as insects like fleas and ticks can pose a serious health risk to dogs, cats, and other animals during the spring and summer.

Fleas are more than an itchy annoyance. Known for leaving itchy red bumps, their saliva can cause anemia, dermatitis and transfer tapeworms.

Ticks can be equally hazardous to pets. Female ticks can attach near a pet's spinal cord, causing "tick paralysis." The condition causes muscle weakness, loss of coordination and in some cases death from respiratory failure as chest muscles become paralyzed. They also carry lyme disease. It will inflame their joints, and can cause lack of appetite and depression.

So, make sure to follow these tips to help reduce your pet's exposure to fleas and ticks:

  • Avoid walking in tall grass where fleas can easily hitch a ride
  • Avoid tick habitats such as low-growing brushy vegetation along the edge of the woods or a trail.
  • Bathe pets after walks outside.
  • Wash pet bedding, collars and plush toys weekly.
  • Frequently wash bed linens and vacuum carpets, floors and furniture. Empty vacuum bags in an outside bin.
  • Check pets frequently for fleas and flea dirt. Be aware of excessive scratching, licking and nibbling grooming behavior in pets.
  • If you suspect a flea or tick pest problem, contact a licensed pest professional immediately to treat the problem.

For more information on pest control in Providence, contact us or call us at 401-992-9000.



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