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Mosquitoes Are a Hazard to Your Pets Health Too


None of us likes to be bitten by mosquitoes and sometimes it is easy to forget that our pets suffer from mosquito bites too.

Mosquitoes feed on blood, and they will take it where they can find it. Only the female bites, the males feed on plant nectar. While the female may have preferred hosts, she must have protein from blood to produce eggs. And, one blood meal is often not enough to produce a clutch of eggs. Often the female will feed, rest to digest the meal and feed again up to three times before she can get enough protein to produce her eggs.

So, each time your pet is outside in mosquito territory, it is a sitting target for a hungry female mosquito that is eager to reproduce.

Many species of mosquitoes will choose birds over humans or pets, but they have even been known to feed on frogs and other reptiles, if that is what they can find for a blood meal.

Most responsible pet owners know of the hazards from mosquito bites associated with heartworm disease in cats and dogs. Mosquitoes carry parasite larvae, which they transmit to your pet once they bite. The parasite larvae then migrate to the heart and major circulatory organs in your pet, where it develops into an adult worm that can reach ten inches in length.

The problem with heartworms is that they can take many years to develop into an adult that can cause symptoms in your cat or dog. Dogs are usually more at risk than cats, simply because they are usually outdoors more often. By the time the symptoms develop, treatment is long and difficult. Sometimes the pet owner is unaware of the problem until the animal simply dies during exertion, a tragic ending that is very preventable.

Protection against heartworms is as easy as a trip to your veterinarian. Many effective medicines, which are given orally, can prevent development of the larvae, if an infected mosquito bites your pet. The biggest failure of these medicines is pet owner default. They must be administered faithfully once per month with no lapse in treatment. And, just because it seems like mosquito season is at bay, don't lapse and forget to give your pet its dose. Many mosquitoes over-winter in protected places and they arouse ready to bite long before you might expect them.

Luckily, it is now possible to get a shot for your pet that will afford protection against heartworms for up to six months. Even diligent and caring pet owners can sometimes forget about the narrow window of opportunity for administering the oral medication. This new advancement spares you and your pet the risky aftermath of those lapses.

Now, pet owners have an even greater concern about mosquito bites to their pets. While rare, West Nile virus has been reported in both dogs and cats. There are very few reported cases of pet fatalities in dogs and cats, but the risk still exists. Instead, most of the time, the animal may test positive for the virus, without having symptoms.

If your pet has West Nile virus, it may have the following symptoms: fever, depression or lethargy, muscle weakness or spasms, impaired coordination, seizures or paralysis. If your pet has these symptoms, consult your veterinarian immediately.

Bird and horse owners should be much more concerned. West Nile virus is primarily fatal to many bird species. Crows, for example, are very susceptible to fatal cases. Sparrows, on the other hand, easily contract it, but have no symptoms. And, migratory birds like sparrows help to continue the spread of the virus because they are highly mobile.

Of those birds that are kept as pets, parrots, cockateels and parakeets are most at risk. The risk factor is lower because they are seldom outside. If your home is well sealed and has good screens, these pets should be easily protected, if kept indoors.

Horse owners are now able to protect their horses with a very effective vaccine. Horses are particularly susceptible to mosquito borne viruses, and it is difficult to keep them away from outdoor exposure, even in barns and stalls. No such vaccine exists for smaller animals.

The same thing that protects you against mosquito diseases also protect your pets. Prevention!

Keep your home and yard mosquito free by being sure that mosquitoes don't have places to breed. Avoid allowing any water to stand in containers, like buckets, birdbaths, pet bowls, gutters, storm drains, and plant saucers. Many mosquitoes need only ¼ cup of water to breed.

The FDA has traditionally advised keeping your pet indoors around dawn and dusk, because that is when many mosquito species feed. That advice is no longer enough to protect your pet. The Asian tiger mosquito is an aggressive day biter. It was imported to the United States in 1985 and is now found in 30 states. It carries both West Nile virus and heartworm parasites.

Instead, get rid of any possible breeding sites and also get a good pet insect repellant. Mosquito repellants made for humans are not to be used on pets. Never put any repellant on pets that is not DEET free. Instead get a repellant that is made for veterinary use and apply only according to directions. With your pets, you have to assume they may lick treated areas and you can't afford to take a chance that the repellant may be toxic to them.

For example, tea tree oil is a good natural mosquito repellent for humans, but it has proved fatal to some cats that have licked it off of their fur.

And, consider getting a propane powered mosquito trap to reduce mosquito populations in your yard. They are very effective, although expensive, but actually kill hundreds of mosquitoes if used according to the manufacturers directions. Over time these devices can actually decrease mosquito populations.

Mosquitoes are here to stay. Our best defense for our pets is to know how to avoid them, and how to keep our pets safe using the latest scientific advances. And, many of the things we do to protect our pets from mosquito borne diseases are good for us too.

About The Author

Scottie Johnson is a life long mosquito warrior, free lance author and dog lover. For more information about having a mosquito free life, visit her site at http://www.mosquito-kill-net.com; info@www.mosquito-kill-net.com


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MADACC: How to keep your pets safe in the heat this summer - WITI FOX 6 Milwaukee
MADACC: How to keep your pets safe in the heat this summer  WITI FOX 6 Milwaukee

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of July 12, 2020 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of July 12, 2020  Summit Daily News

TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Grief, the loss of pets discussed in 'Lost Companions' - Goshen News
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Grief, the loss of pets discussed in 'Lost Companions'  Goshen News

Tips for getting the best photos of your pets - Texarkana Gazette
Tips for getting the best photos of your pets  Texarkana Gazette

Pet Doc: How to keep your pets safe if you test positive for COVID-19 - WJHL-TV News Channel 11
Pet Doc: How to keep your pets safe if you test positive for COVID-19  WJHL-TV News Channel 11

Points for Pets: Keeping your pet safe at the campground - WV News
Points for Pets: Keeping your pet safe at the campground  WV News

Available pets from the Humane Society of Lake County - Daily Commercial
Available pets from the Humane Society of Lake County  Daily Commercial

Pet Project 2020: Pets available for adoption in Massachusetts on July 10 - masslive.com
Pet Project 2020: Pets available for adoption in Massachusetts on July 10  masslive.com

7 tips to keep your pet safe during hot Birmingham summers - Bham Now
7 tips to keep your pet safe during hot Birmingham summers  Bham Now

Class pets become long-term pandemic house guests while schools are out - Omaha World-Herald
Class pets become long-term pandemic house guests while schools are out  Omaha World-Herald

Pets of the Week | Local News - Gloucester Daily Times
Pets of the Week | Local News  Gloucester Daily Times

Pet Vet: Hot Weather and Pets - WNDU
Pet Vet: Hot Weather and Pets  WNDU

Social media a boon for lost Bay County pets - The News Herald
Social media a boon for lost Bay County pets  The News Herald

Eight people displaced after Jefferson City fire, two pets died - krcgtv.com
Eight people displaced after Jefferson City fire, two pets died  krcgtv.com

Preventing pandemic-related pet anxiety now and later - WTOP
Preventing pandemic-related pet anxiety now and later  WTOP

Angels for the Animals: ALIVE gives safe haven to rescued pets - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Angels for the Animals: ALIVE gives safe haven to rescued pets  Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Adoptable pets in Tucson - Arizona Daily Star
Adoptable pets in Tucson  Arizona Daily Star

Nationwide event helps pets in Mid-Michigan pets find their forever homes - WLNS
Nationwide event helps pets in Mid-Michigan pets find their forever homes  WLNS

Hints From Heloise: Photograph Fido on this special day for pets - The Washington Post
Hints From Heloise: Photograph Fido on this special day for pets  The Washington Post

CBS3 Pet Project: Bringing New Animals Into Your Home Can Be Tricky For Pets - CBS Philly
CBS3 Pet Project: Bringing New Animals Into Your Home Can Be Tricky For Pets  CBS Philly

Pet Tales: Helping domestic violence centers that shelter pets, too - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pet Tales: Helping domestic violence centers that shelter pets, too  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pet of the Week: Eva - Billings Gazette
Pet of the Week: Eva  Billings Gazette

Empty the Shelters: Pet adoption fees reduced this weekend - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Empty the Shelters: Pet adoption fees reduced this weekend  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

This July discount can help Houston’s senior pets find ‘fur’-ever homes, you a new friend - KPRC Click2Houston
This July discount can help Houston’s senior pets find ‘fur’-ever homes, you a new friend  KPRC Click2Houston

Clear the Shelters: Helping Pets Cope With Separation Anxiety - NBC Chicago
Clear the Shelters: Helping Pets Cope With Separation Anxiety  NBC Chicago

These Are The Most Pet-Friendly Airlines In Europe - Simple Flying
These Are The Most Pet-Friendly Airlines In Europe  Simple Flying

Covid-19 kept them separated from their pets for months. So they've chartered a plane to bring them home - CNN
Covid-19 kept them separated from their pets for months. So they've chartered a plane to bring them home  CNN

Wasco Animal Shelter shares pet safety tips - KERO 23ABC News
Wasco Animal Shelter shares pet safety tips  KERO 23ABC News

Pet hospitals say they’re seeing a big increase in parvovirus cases this year - WSB Atlanta
Pet hospitals say they’re seeing a big increase in parvovirus cases this year  WSB Atlanta

Pepin's Pet Projects: Tips on easing pets into the "new" normal as you return to work - WCYB
Pepin's Pet Projects: Tips on easing pets into the "new" normal as you return to work  WCYB

Seeing Pets as Human - Psychology Today
Seeing Pets as Human  Psychology Today

Top of the Morning, July 12, 2020 | Pets | news-gazette.com - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
Top of the Morning, July 12, 2020 | Pets | news-gazette.com  Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Mystery illness has Arp pet owners worried - KLTV
Mystery illness has Arp pet owners worried  KLTV

As temperatures rise, so should your pet safety awareness - WSMV Nashville
As temperatures rise, so should your pet safety awareness  WSMV Nashville

People share who or what they named their pets after in this feel-good Twitter thread - Hindustan Times
People share who or what they named their pets after in this feel-good Twitter thread  Hindustan Times

Pets of the Week: July 12, 2020 | Lifestyle - Longview News-Journal
Pets of the Week: July 12, 2020 | Lifestyle  Longview News-Journal

What you need to know to keep pets safe in the heat - 10TV
What you need to know to keep pets safe in the heat  10TV

Keeping pets safe and cool during the summer - WBOY.com
Keeping pets safe and cool during the summer  WBOY.com

CAPA Pet of the Week: Buttercup - Santa Maria Times
CAPA Pet of the Week: Buttercup  Santa Maria Times

Firefighters rescue pets from house fire in Orange - WFSB
Firefighters rescue pets from house fire in Orange  WFSB

A photographer's inventive dog portraits show just how human-like our pets can be - Insider - INSIDER
A photographer's inventive dog portraits show just how human-like our pets can be - Insider  INSIDER

Be extra cautious of your pet during the summer heat - Victoria Advocate
Be extra cautious of your pet during the summer heat  Victoria Advocate

Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

23 Adorably Adoptable Cincinnati Pets That Are Looking For Homes This Summer - Cincinnati CityBeat
23 Adorably Adoptable Cincinnati Pets That Are Looking For Homes This Summer  Cincinnati CityBeat

CDC gives recommendations on keeping pets safe from COVID-19 - KYTV
CDC gives recommendations on keeping pets safe from COVID-19  KYTV

Cat Food Recall: Natural Balance Pet Foods pulled for potential deadly side effects - positivelyosceola.com
Cat Food Recall: Natural Balance Pet Foods pulled for potential deadly side effects  positivelyosceola.com

Dr. Maro: Pet health myths debunked - News - Ellwood City Ledger
Dr. Maro: Pet health myths debunked - News  Ellwood City Ledger

Pet Owners Struggling To Reunite With Their Furry Family Members Amid The Pandemic - NPR
Pet Owners Struggling To Reunite With Their Furry Family Members Amid The Pandemic  NPR

How To Ease Separation Anxiety For Pets Being Left Alone For First Time In Months - Block Club Chicago
How To Ease Separation Anxiety For Pets Being Left Alone For First Time In Months  Block Club Chicago

Area pet services see revenues return to pre-pandemic levels - INFORUM
Area pet services see revenues return to pre-pandemic levels  INFORUM

Meet 75+ fetching pets in Lakeland, FL - AVLtoday
Meet 75+ fetching pets in Lakeland, FL  AVLtoday

Pets for adoption at the Muncie Animal Shelter - Muncie Star Press
Pets for adoption at the Muncie Animal Shelter  Muncie Star Press

Mobile veterinary services tend to Tenderloin's homeless pet population - SFGate
Mobile veterinary services tend to Tenderloin's homeless pet population  SFGate

As weather grows hotter, pets could be at risk - Carolinacoastonline
As weather grows hotter, pets could be at risk  Carolinacoastonline

Looking for a home: Adoptable pets in Lane County - The Register-Guard
Looking for a home: Adoptable pets in Lane County  The Register-Guard

Helen Woodward Animal Center Adopt a Pet: Sunny - - KUSI
Helen Woodward Animal Center Adopt a Pet: Sunny -  KUSI

Pets: Rx for a happier life - The County
Pets: Rx for a happier life  The County

This cat wants to be pet and is letting her hooman know so in the gentlest fashion possible. Watch - Hindustan Times
This cat wants to be pet and is letting her hooman know so in the gentlest fashion possible. Watch  Hindustan Times

Pet naming trend takes Twitter by storm, users share what their pets are named after - Republic World - Republic World
Pet naming trend takes Twitter by storm, users share what their pets are named after - Republic World  Republic World

The Pets Left Behind by Covid-19 - The New York Times
The Pets Left Behind by Covid-19  The New York Times

What you need to do before bringing home a new pet - The Washington Post
What you need to do before bringing home a new pet  The Washington Post

It’s not just your pet: Human ears ‘perk up’ when hearing unexpected sounds - Study Finds
It’s not just your pet: Human ears ‘perk up’ when hearing unexpected sounds  Study Finds

It’s All-American Pet Photo Day: Show us your furry friend - KSAT San Antonio
It’s All-American Pet Photo Day: Show us your furry friend  KSAT San Antonio

These 17 pets would love to share space with you: June 27-28 - SILive.com
These 17 pets would love to share space with you: June 27-28  SILive.com

Project Blu Turns Fishing Net Into Eco-Chic Pet Products - Forbes
Project Blu Turns Fishing Net Into Eco-Chic Pet Products  Forbes

N.J. pets in need: July 6, 2020 - nj.com
N.J. pets in need: July 6, 2020  nj.com

Hit the Paws Button: Vote for your favorite pet! - Waterbury Republican American
Hit the Paws Button: Vote for your favorite pet!  Waterbury Republican American

How to help your pet deal with fireworks anxiety - KYW Newsradio 1060
How to help your pet deal with fireworks anxiety  KYW Newsradio 1060

We have 9 new pets that want to be adopted this weekend: July 4-5 - SILive.com
We have 9 new pets that want to be adopted this weekend: July 4-5  SILive.com

Adopt a pet - Huntington Herald Dispatch
Adopt a pet  Huntington Herald Dispatch

Pet Supplies Plus opens new FM 1488 location north of The Woodlands - Community Impact Newspaper
Pet Supplies Plus opens new FM 1488 location north of The Woodlands  Community Impact Newspaper

‘Pets in Need Project’ delivering free veterinary care, food and supplies to the homeless during COVID-19 - KTLA
‘Pets in Need Project’ delivering free veterinary care, food and supplies to the homeless during COVID-19  KTLA

Everything You Need to Know About Buying Pet Insurance - New York Magazine
Everything You Need to Know About Buying Pet Insurance  New York Magazine

Animals That Shouldn't Be Kept As Pets But Are - World Atlas
Animals That Shouldn't Be Kept As Pets But Are  World Atlas

'We need our pets now more than ever': Phoenix rescue animals find homes during COVID-19 - AZCentral
'We need our pets now more than ever': Phoenix rescue animals find homes during COVID-19  AZCentral

ChIA-PIPE: A fully automated pipeline for comprehensive ChIA-PET data analysis and visualization - Science Advances
ChIA-PIPE: A fully automated pipeline for comprehensive ChIA-PET data analysis and visualization  Science Advances

4 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet - PRNewswire
4 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet  PRNewswire

Runaway pets wind up in SoCal shelters in the aftermath of Fourth of July fireworks - KABC-TV
Runaway pets wind up in SoCal shelters in the aftermath of Fourth of July fireworks  KABC-TV

Keep your pets cool and safe this summer - KRNV My News 4
Keep your pets cool and safe this summer  KRNV My News 4

Keep your summer fun pet-safe and pet-friendly with top outdoor pet gear - CNN
Keep your summer fun pet-safe and pet-friendly with top outdoor pet gear  CNN

Pet owner frustrated with the Riverfront Animal Hospital - WILX
Pet owner frustrated with the Riverfront Animal Hospital  WILX

Maggie and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week - AZCentral.com
Maggie and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  AZCentral.com

Holiday fireworks lead to rise in run away pets - KAKE
Holiday fireworks lead to rise in run away pets  KAKE

It's doggone hot! Pet owners and their furry friends cheat the summer heat - KESQ
It's doggone hot! Pet owners and their furry friends cheat the summer heat  KESQ

Adopt a Pet: Vader - Ellwood City Ledger
Adopt a Pet: Vader  Ellwood City Ledger

Pets are even more important during these times - Lowell Sun
Pets are even more important during these times  Lowell Sun

Houston area volunteer discusses pandemic’s impact on pet therapy - Houston Chronicle
Houston area volunteer discusses pandemic’s impact on pet therapy  Houston Chronicle

Palomino Valley Pet Rescue saves dog's life - KOLO
Palomino Valley Pet Rescue saves dog's life  KOLO

Pet's Q&A: “How do I keep my pets happy?” - NW Evening Mail
Pet's Q&A: “How do I keep my pets happy?”  NW Evening Mail

Good News In Essex County: Lawnmower Race|Make-A-Wish|Pet Reunion - Montclair, NJ Patch
Good News In Essex County: Lawnmower Race|Make-A-Wish|Pet Reunion  Montclair, NJ Patch

"Pets In Need Project" Delivers Free Veterinary Care, Food, Supplies to Homeless and Vulnerable Pets throughout California in Communities Hard Hit by COVID-19 - GlobeNewswire
"Pets In Need Project" Delivers Free Veterinary Care, Food, Supplies to Homeless and Vulnerable Pets throughout California in Communities Hard Hit by COVID-19  GlobeNewswire

10 Large Cat Breeds That Make the Cutest Pets - Reader's Digest
10 Large Cat Breeds That Make the Cutest Pets  Reader's Digest

How to Prepare Your Pet for Your Return to Work - Bay News 9
How to Prepare Your Pet for Your Return to Work  Bay News 9

4 Mood-Boosting Benefits of Pet Ownership - PRNewswire
4 Mood-Boosting Benefits of Pet Ownership  PRNewswire

WATCH NOW: 'Crown Point's very own pet': Local white deer mystifies residents - The Times of Northwest Indiana
WATCH NOW: 'Crown Point's very own pet': Local white deer mystifies residents  The Times of Northwest Indiana

4 Reasons the Pandemic Is a Boon for the Pet Industry - Entrepreneur
4 Reasons the Pandemic Is a Boon for the Pet Industry  Entrepreneur

Pets of the Month: Snoopy and Woodstock from Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue - 69News WFMZ-TV
Pets of the Month: Snoopy and Woodstock from Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue  69News WFMZ-TV

Why Has the “Pet Effect” Meme Spread So Rapidly? - Psychology Today
Why Has the “Pet Effect” Meme Spread So Rapidly?  Psychology Today

Loss of UVic dog park deals a blow to socially anxious pets - Goldstream News Gazette
Loss of UVic dog park deals a blow to socially anxious pets  Goldstream News Gazette

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Pet of the Week | Don’t let Fettuccini and Alfredo get lost in the sauce  Santa Cruz Sentinel

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