As we move into the Spring and Summer months, your dogs and cats will look forward to more time running and playing outside. This is great fun for them and for you, but it is also the time when you need to particularly guard against problems brought about by the warmer weather.
We often think that dogs and cats catch fleas from direct contact with other animals, and whilst this is sometimes the case, they are most likely picked up from grasses where hedgehogs, feral cats and foxes have been. These animals leave flea eggs behind them, and as the eggs warm up they then hatch and the fleas can jump onto your pet as he passes by.
Without treatment this cycle then continues, with the fleas reproducing and laying eggs, both on your dog or cat and in your carpets, beds and sofas, which is not a pleasant thought! In warmer weather each flea can lay upwards of 50 eggs a day, so as you can see this is a problem that can quickly get out of hand.
The Summer months are also the perfect time for dogs to pick up ticks from gardens and countryside vegetation. A tick is a small parasite which lives by sucking blood and they can feed not only on your cats and dogs’ blood but also on that of humans.
Through this process, ticks can transfer diseases both to our pets and also to us. Lyme’s is one such disease which affects humans and this has seen a big increase in infections in recent years.
It is also important to keep your pets protected from worms. Dogs and cats can pick up worms directly from other infected animals, from eating worm eggs for example in grass, from raw meat and even from parasites. For example did you know that fleas can carry tapeworm eggs? This is just one more reason to guard against fleas.
You may see worms on your dog or cat or in their faeces or vomit, or you may notice that they are losing weight, have dry or coarse fur, have a bigger appetite or alternatively have diarrhea. However, your pet may not even display any symptoms at all and that is why it is important to discuss with your vet having a worm control program in place.
It is important to have first aid to hand for your pet year-round, and it’s surprising how much of a difference it can make to the long term health or even survival of your pet if they suffer an accident or injury.
However with your pet spending more time outside during the Summer months, it is even more essential to have the basics with you to cover every eventuality, especially if you are out on long walks or away from home on holiday.
It is always important to first get the advice of your vet about the best course of any treatment for your dog or cat. Then to protect your pets you can pick up some vet medic pet medication online.
This Summer protect your pets and home from fleas, ticks and worms and ensure that you are stocked up on vital first aid equipment. Prevention is much easier and cost effective than cure in any situation concerning your pet. It also leads to a healthier and happier life for our four legged companions.