The beautiful hot and humid Australian Summer weather has well and truly arrived! Here are a few things to remember to keep your pet happy, healthy and safe this summer.

Parasites
In the hot summer months parasites like fleas, ticks and worms thrive and can be detrimental to your pet’s health. It is important to keep flea treatments up to date, even if you don’t see any fleas on your pet. It is much easier to prevent a flea outbreak rather than eradicate one. Also be sure to use tick prevention, especially if you live in a tick area. The deadly paralysis tick can kill a pet within days, so be sure to use a tick treatment product and check your pet daily. With more mosquitoes around during summer it means that there is a higher risk of heartworm being transmitted, so be sure to stay compliant with your pets heartworm prevention. Also make sure your pet’s intestinal worming program is up to date.

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Engorged Paralysis Tick

Engorged Paralysis Tick

Spring is here and so are the ticks!!!

Over the last week I have heard two radio shows discussing ticks and how they are out and in high numbers already.  My daughter even had one on her arm last week.  So I thought that I would remind everyone of the dangers of ticks, tick paralysis in pets and prevention methods.

The tick season, when their are higher numbers of adult ticks present, is from August to February.  There are a number of tick species in Australia including the Brown Dog Tick, Bush Tick, Cattle Tick and the most dangerous the Paralysis Tick.  So as we are heading into the most dangerous time of year for ticks it is important that your pets tick prevention is up to date.  There are a few different tick preventative products available that work either by repelling ticks or killing them once they make contact with or attach to the animal.

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It’s Springtime, so this season don’t forget to treat and prevent those nasties that affect our pets.

Picture courtesy of http://community.petpalstv.com

Flea infestations can have a detrimental affect on your pets health.  Apart from being unbearably itchy the constant biting and rubbing can cause flea allergy dermatitis, broken skin and infections.  A severe flea or tick infestation can cause a pet to become anemic and very ill.   The paralysis tick can be very dangerous when it attaches to a dog or cat.  It affects the nervous system and causes paralysis, which if left untreated it can quickly lead to death.

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If you thought fleas were the only creepy crawly to worry about on your pets, you might need to think again. Many areas in Australia also have to contend with ticks and in some of those areas the paralysis tick is a very real threat to your pets life. We have compiled a few handy tips for you on how to keep your pets tick free.

Tick comparison. Image courtesy DPI Qld.

5  Tips to Protect Your Pet Against Ticks

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Are you sitting on a flea problem this winter?

It’s not a nice thought, but your favourite armchair could be hiding more than the odd biscuit crumb.  Unless you’ve been keeping up with flea treatments, you could be providing a warm winter shelter for fleas at various stages of their life cycle.

Many pet owners believe that fleas are only a problem in summer.  Fleas can survive during the winter months especially indoors where it remains warm.  Veterinarians recommends treating your pets year-round.

Your pet is likely to get fleas at some time  – unfortunately it cannot be avoided.  However, what we can do is get rid of them before they become a problem.  Regular grooming of our pets will allow us to see early stages of flea occupancy.

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It is a common dog owner’s dilemma: your dog has started to scratch, bite and/or lick, and it is only getting worse with time. The first thing that comes to mind is that the dog has fleas. Fleas are the most common reason that dogs scratch, bite and lick at themselves. It is easy to detect the presence of fleas, because they are dark in colour and approximately as large as a pinhead. When you part the dog’s fur, you can see the fleas as they crawl around on the dog’s skin. Another way to see them is to place your dog on a white sheet or towel and brush the fur. Check the fabric and if fleas are the problem, they will be visible. Flea bite allergies are also very common. It only takes one flea bite to trigger an allergic reaction. There are a number of safe and effective spot on flea treatments and shampoos, available at vet-n-pet DIRECT that provide excellent results at keeping fleas in check.

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