Plenty of pests pose health risks to humans, but there are also those that can be dangerous for other beloved family members pets. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) advises that summer is prime season for ticks and fleas, which pose serious health risks to pets.
Ticks are vectors of Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which can be transmitted to humans, but they can also cause tick paralysis in dogs. This can cause muscle weakness, loss of coordination and even death if the chest muscles become paralyzed, causing respiratory failure.
Though often thought of as an itchy annoyance, fleas also pose a serious health threat to pets if left unchecked. Beyond the fact that they breed with lightning speed, fleas saliva can cause anemia, dermatitis and can transfer tapeworms.
While pet owners enjoy playing in the yard and walking in the woods with their animals, they should also be aware of the dangers their pet could encounter, said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association. It's important for owners to be vigilant about inspecting their pets frequently throughout the season.
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