Fleas (Never use a dog product on cats for flea control)
Normally only adult fleas live on pets, In as little as 15 days the flea life cycle is completed. The female always lay her eggs on the pet. Adult fleas vigorously suck blood from the pet and excrete the undigested blood as flea dirt. In just 30 days 10 fleas can multiply into 250000 fleas. Eggs are laid on the pet, but usually fall off the pet into the environment where conditions are right for them to develop (through a multistage life cycle) into adult fleas. Egg and larval stages can survive in your home all year and in your yard from spring through late fall (all year in warmer climates). Biting and scratching on the lower back, tail, and abdomen are the most common signs of flea infestation and dermatitis will often flare up in these areas. Flea control involves treatment of the pet and the environment by means of shampoos, sprays, dips, "spot-ons," powders, oral medications, and collars. Your veterinarian can recommend the most appropriate flea prevention/treatment program for your pet. Fleas carry tapeworms, so be sure to have your veterinarian check your pet for these intestinal parasites as well.
Heartworms (Dirofilaria imitis) are parasites transmitted by mosquitoes that can potentially be fatal to your dog or cat. Most of people are familiar with heartworm disease in dogs, but most of them don’t know that cats may also have heartworm (heartworm disease was reported in cats in 38 states by the American Heartworm Society); in fact, cats infested with heartworms often have more severe clinical signs than dogs and a poorer prognosis. So get your dog or cat tested for the presence of heartworms by your veterinarian, and ask about heartworm preventatives.
Ticks are not only an irritant and nuisance to your pet, but may transmit several debilitating diseases, such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, and Babesiosis. Many flea prevention/treatment products will also help with control of ticks. Your veterinarian can help you recognize ticks and show you the proper way to remove them from your pet (if you simply try to remove the tick by pulling, you may leave its mouthparts embedded within your pet's skin. Also ask your veterinarian for lyme vaccination if possibility of Tick bite.
High temperatures are not good for dogs and cats . Heat prostration is a common cause of summer illness that can, and does, kill many beloved pets each year. If your pet stays outside for the most part of day, be sure that you provide a cool, shady spot for it to escape the hot summer sun and plenty of cool, clean water. A sheltered area must also be available so that the pet can escape summer storms. Some of the worst summer tragedies involve pets that are left in vehicles in the sun with the windows partially or completely rolled up. Temperatures inside a car rapidly climb to more than 100 F and can cause death sometimes in as little as 10 minutes!
When traveling with your pet, call ahead to make sure the pet will be welcome at any hotels or homes where you intend to stay. Travel from state to state usually requires a health certificate for each pet, which has been signed by a veterinarian. Travel outside of the country often requires that the pet be quarantined for a specified period of time, so be sure to check restrictions in the country to which you will be traveling. Remember that sometimes the best solution for everyone is to make arrangements for someone to watch the pet in your home, or to bring the pet to a boarding facility designed to provide it with the special care it needs.
Pesticides and Lawn Care Products
All the pesticides are potentially toxic to pets. And they should be stored, where pets have no access to them. After treating lawns and outside areas, restrict pets from these areas until exposure danger has passed. Remember that many types of summer foliage (among them hydrangea, wisteria, delphinium, foxglove, privet hedge, and monkshood) can be toxic to pets as well, so do your best to prevent your pets from "dining out." Also use only the recommended pesticide for the parasite control as recommended by your veterinarian and never use a product which is not recommended for the age and species of your pet.
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