Abell Pest Control offers tips to keep household pets free from the health risks of blood-sucking pests
TORONTO, ON May 12, 2021 – With the return of warm weather, everyone wants to spend more time outdoors—including household pets such as dogs and cats. Like people, pets are also at risk for the serious health complications that can arise from tick and flea bites. Abell Pest Control reminds pet owners to take the necessary precautions to protect their pets this spring.
“Blacklegged deer ticks are known for spreading Lyme disease to people, but pets are also susceptible to this serious disease, along with American dog tick-vectored Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever,” said John Abell, President, Abell Pest Control. “Pet owners should be especially vigilant against ticks which are most likely to affect area dogs and cats.”
Pets sickened with Lyme disease may suffer from fever, decreased appetite, painful joints, limping and lethargy. In severe cases, kidney disease can also occur. American dog ticks are larger than blacklegged deer ticks and can cause tick paralysis when a female dog tick attaches near a pet’s spinal cord. Tick paralysis can lead to muscle weakness, loss of coordination and, in some cases, death from respiratory failure.
Fleas are another common pet pest that can cause serious health complications. The itchy red bumps left by fleas can lead to excessive scratching, anemia, dermatitis and tapeworms. Fleas can also become a problem when pets bring them inside the home. Once there, they can reproduce in bedding, carpets or furniture.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends these tips for protecting pets from ticks and fleas:
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