4 Summer Pests to Watch Out For 

Summer can be a great time of the year for you and your pets to go outdoors, but it is also a time to be cautious.  A changing weather pattern of heat and rain creates the "perfect storm" for summer pests that can play havoc with your pets.  Here are four of them to watch out for during the hottest months of the year.
 

Tapeworm

A tapeworm is a long, flat worm that attaches itself to a pet’s intestines.  The best way to tell if your pet has a tapeworm is to check their rear end for small white segments that look like grains of rice.  Fleas are the usual hosts to tapeworms so make sure to have effective flea control as far as prevention.  Pets can also get them from eating raw meat infected with tapeworm infections.  Lastly, consider where the pet goes outside and spray insecticide there to make sure the tapeworms do not reoccur.
 

Lyme disease

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria carried by ticks, which generally get the bacteria from biting a wild animal that has the disease.  Regarding  symptoms, it can be difficult to tell exactly when a pet has the disease, but some common symptoms are lameness and arthritis.  While the disease is not one hundred percent preventable, there are steps that can be taken to severely reduce your pet’s risk.  Vaccinations and annual screenings are the best steps to take, especially if you live in an area where there are a lot of ticks.      

 

Heartworm disease

Not common in Great Britain but perhaps you live in an area where there are a lot of mosquitoes during the summertime?  Heartworm disease is caused by parasitic worms that mosquitoes pick up when taking blood from an animal infected with them.  Symptoms of a pet with heartworm disease generally include the following: weight loss, reluctance to move, lethargy, gagging, and persistent coughing.  The best way to prevent heartworm disease for your pets is to have them take medication, which usually comes in the form of chewable tablets.  
 

Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is an infection of a dog’s respiratory area.  Dogs can get this in many different forms, but the main two ways are from contact with other dogs that have it and from germs on contaminated objects; younger dogs are more at risk for getting the infection than older dogs.  The most common symptom to watch out for is persistent coughing that can be harsh at times.  It usually clears up in a short period of time, and a good way to prevent your dog from getting it is through vaccinations. 

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