To protect yourself from mosquitoes, you have the ability to light a citronella candle, put out some tiki torches or spray yourself with repellant. These can be incredibly effective at reducing the number of bug bites you get, but they don’t do much to help your pets.
When it comes to finding a meal, mosquitoes aren’t overly picky, and your dog, cat or other pet becomes an easy target. Most of the time, you may not know that your pet has bug bites because they will be covered by their fur. However, mosquito bites can be incredibly dangerous for your pets.
Mosquito-Borne Diseases for Pets
The most common disease that is transferred from a mosquito to your pet is heartworm. If your pet is bit by in infected mosquito, the larvae will find their way into your pet’s bloodstream, where they will grow into adult heartworms. Heartworms can grow as large as 12 inches and can live in your pet for years.
While heartworms can settle into your pet’s heart, they can also cause severe injury to your pet’s lungs and major arteries. The worst-case scenario is that the heartworms will kill your pet. Other complications that can arise is that your pet can be in intense pain and it can cost you a lot of money to get treat the heartworms.
Protecting Your Pets
The best way to ensure that your pets are protected and to reduce the chances of them getting heartworm it to take proactive measures. There are ways you can reduce the chances of them getting bit by mosquitoes, including the following:
Treat Your Yard with Mosquito Control
Probably the easiest and most effective way to protect your pets, yourself and your family is to have your property treated. MosquitoNix® has a variety of options to reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard. These include adding a misting system or having your yard treated with fog.
When you treat your yard, you won’t have to worry about lighting candles or tiki torches or spraying anyone down with repellant. You’ll be able to enjoy being outside and the flying pests will be kept at bay. This benefits everyone, especially your pets.
Give Them Heartworm Medication
In addition to treating your yard, it’s also advised that you give your pets heartworm medication. While the treatments from MosquitoNix are incredibly effective, you won’t always be in your yard. If you take your pets for walks or to the park, then there is still a chance they could get bit by an infected mosquito. However, if they are taking medication, their chances of getting heartworm is greatly reduced.
You’ll need to speak with your vet to find the right medication for your pet. Generally, this is a pill that is given once a month to protect your pet. It takes a little effort, but it’s worth it to keep your pet healthy and happy.
Take the Necessary Steps
Keeping mosquitoes away from your pets and family doesn’t have to be hard. Calling in MosquitoNix to treat your yard is the easiest and most affordable way to prevent the transmission of dangerous and deadly diseases that could injure or kill your pets. Contact us today so that you can do what is necessary to keep everyone in your family shielded from mosquitoes.
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