Schendel Offers Tips for Protecting Your Pets from Summer Pests
With the return of warm weather, everyone – including the family pet – is likely to be spending more time outdoors. But 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.
Fleas, for example, are not just an itchy annoyance. Known for leaving itchy red bumps, their saliva can cause anemia, dermatitis and can even transfer tapeworms.
“Fleas are known for their quick breeding capabilities. A handful on your pet can quickly turn into hundreds in your home if left unchecked,” said Brent Boles, Schendel president. “Their small size and mobility makes it impossible to detect them on surfaces such as carpets and linens, but a pest professional can help eradicate a flea infestation.”
Ticks can be equally hazardous to family 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.
Schendel Pest Services recommends these tips to reduce your pet’s exposure to fleas and ticks:
• Check pets frequently for fleas and flea dirt. Be aware of excessive scratching, licking and nibbling grooming behavior in pets.
• Avoid walking your pets in tall grass where there is a greater chance of fleas hitching a ride.
• Avoid tick habitats such as low-growing brushy vegetation along the edge of the woods or a trail.
• Bathe pets after walks or playtime with other animals.
• Wash pet bedding, collars and plush toys.
• Wash bed linens and vacuum carpets, floors and furniture frequently. Vacuum bags should be emptied in an outside receptacle.
If you suspect a pest problem, contact Schendel immediately to treat the problem in your home, and contact your veterinarian for treatment to relieve your pet's flea or tick symptoms.