The deadly Brazilian spider, blue-ringed octopus of Australia, and the Cape Buffalo of are just some of the world’s deadliest creatures. Fortunately, most of us don’t have to worry about alligator or octopus attack in our home’s backyard. When it comes to our family’s safety—including the pets—it is the common house pests who pose the greatest danger.
It’s nearly impossible to avoid fleas. They are found almost anywhere, especially in warmer places with high humidity, and multiply rapidly. In fact, according to experts, a single flea can multiply up to 1,000 fleas in a matter of 20 days. Additionally, they cause itching, scabs, and hair loss on your pets, as well as plague, tapeworms, and anemia.
When your puppy chomps accidentally chomps down a fly or a bug, there’s no repercussion. However, bees and wasps are another matter. The stinging insects can cause painful, and sometimes deadly, poison to your unsuspecting pets. For humans, a bee sting can only be painful but not deadly. But for small pets, it can be fatal especially if the animal is allergic to sting.
A short walk into the woods, connecting with nature, and breathing fresh air is one of the joys of our pets. Unfortunately, ticks enjoy these, too; and they don’t mind hanging around while waiting for warm-blooded creatures like your pet to hitch a ride on. When ticks find their way to your pet’s body, they can transmit serious diseases, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, and Lyme disease. If you’ll be walking your dog in wooden or grassy areas, be sure to do a tick inspection afterwards so insects can be removed before any damage is done.
Indoor pets are also at risk for mosquito bites, since these insects can easily get inside even though screens on windows. Mosquito bites cause itchy bumps that are painful enough for your pets, as well as some serious fatal diseases. Heartworm, which can infect dogs and cats, is a silent killer that can be treated if caught early. There’s also Saint Louis Encephalitis and West Nile Virus, which attacks the brain of your pet.
Hopefully, this has not scared you to keep your pets indoors at all times. With preparation and vigilance, you’ll keep your pets healthy and safe wherever you may take him.