We’re in the thick of summer, and one component of this season that pets and humans alike despise is mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are annoying and harmful to humans, but did you know that your pets are at risk too? So, what’s the buzz about mosquitoes and your pets? Read on to find out.
Mosquitoes and Your Pets: The Risks
Did you know that your pet’s coat does NOT protect them from mosquito bites? Not only can mosquito bites cause irritation and possible allergic reactions, but mosquitoes can also transmit dangerous diseases to your pet like:
- West Nile Virus
- Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
- and the most dangerous…Heartworm
How to Protect Your Pets From Mosquitoes
Now that you know your pets can be harmed by mosquitoes, you’re probably wondering how to keep them from being bitten. The best answer is to destroy the mosquito’s living environment by making sure there is no standing water in or around your yard like:
- Clogged gutters
- Ornamental bird baths
It’s also a good idea to use natural insect and mosquito repellent. You’ll want to stay away from harmful chemicals in your yard and on your pet, even ones that supposedly protect your pet. Unfortunately, most commercial products are laden with chemicals, but those are not your only option. A good mosquito repellent can be as simple as rubbing lemon juice on your pet’s coat.
Since one of the risks presented by mosquitos is the transmission of diseases, it’s important to take the necessary steps to protect your furry friend. One example of protecting your pet from diseases transmitted by mosquitoes is by talking to your vet about heartworm prevention.
We care about the health and wellness of your fur-babies! If you need any help giving them the best love and care, contact Next Level Pet Care.
Next Level Pet Care 508.556.0656
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