We all love our pets. They are an extension of our family and we want to afford them the same amount of protection from illness as we would any other member of our family. With this in mind, vector-borne illness is a concern among Chester and Delaware County pet owners. Commonly associating mosquito bites with humans only is a mistake; mosquitoes will feed on your pets just as quickly as they would feed on you. Furthermore, while mosquitoes carry vector-borne illnesses that affect humans, they too carry diseases capable of causing serious harm to your pets. The most common and formidable illness transferred to dogs and cats via the mosquito is Dog heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis).
Having the name “Dog heartworm” gives this disease a categorically incorrect designation. It is, in fact, transmissible between dogs, cats, foxes and raccoons. The most important fact about heartworms is that there is no cure, they are only preventable. Prevention is where we at Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties are most effective.
Ticks can also transmit diseases to pets, including Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Granulocytic Anaplasmosis. Each of these illnesses can be extremely detrimental to your pets. In both dogs and humans, a bite from a Lone Star tick can result in fever, headaches, nausea, weakness and fatigue.
Keeping your property treated for tick prevention by contacting a licensed professional to treat your property is also important for the prevention of tick-borne illness in both you, and your pet. Make sure to avoid allowing your pet to venture into untreated and overgrown areas where ticks may lurk. Checking your pet on a daily basis throughout tick-season is also key in the prevention of disease. Depending on the type of tick and the disease it carries, the attachment and feeding time may vary from several hours to several days in order to transmit the disease to your pet. So prompt removal is a must.
Many times it is hard to distinguish between symptoms of a vector-borne disease or just lethargy in your dog. Many symptoms are overlooked and chalked up to the heat, eating too much grass, etc. It is important to note any changes in your pet’s behavior during mosquito and tick season. Symptoms to look for in Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease are a lack of appetite, weight loss, and continued lethargy.
Here are the top five things you need to know to keep your pet happy and safe this summer
- Keep property clean and tidy and un-inviting to ticks.
- Keep your pet on the flea and tick preventative recommended by your veterinarian.
- Have your property treated by a licensed pest control professional.
- Check your pet for ticks after any venture outdoors.
- Remove ticks promptly and properly using the CDC tick removal guidelines and contact your veterinarian at the first sign of trouble.
- This simple checklist will keep you and your best friend safe this season.
When searching for licensed, professional tick and mosquito control services in West Chester, Newtown Square or in the Mainline are of Pennsylvania, Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties is the company to turn to. Applying our protective barrier treatment can mean all the difference in the world for your pets by protecting them from coming into contact with disease-carrying ticks and mosquitoes on your property.
Dogs and cats aren’t the only pets that can be affected by vector-borne illness. Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is transmitted to humans, equine, pigs and white-tailed deer through mosquito vectors. If you own horses, donkeys, ponies or other equine it is important to keep them protected. We offer an effective all natural mosquito control solutions perfect for horse owners and those that keep equine for pets or sport, too!
Contact Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties today at (610) 674-0799, or via email at [email protected].