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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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Report: separation from pets can be 'ruff' when owner returns to work  Times Daily

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Pets of the Week | Pets  Index-Journal

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This week's 'Flying Horse' theme: Pets/animals  Bloomington Pantagraph

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

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Pets show us how to be better humans  Grand Island Independent

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

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

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Nonprofit needs help to continue providing for pets in the Rogue Valley  KTVL

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

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Our Pets May Harbor Much More Than Coronavirus  The Scientist

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Protect your pets from the heat, hot surfaces  The Daily Journal

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After 5 months of waiting, Northwood Pets holds Grand Opening  WJFW-TV

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Mystery illness has Arp pet owners worried  KLTV

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87 Coastal Bend area pets received vaccinations, first weekend of low-cost clinic organized by Nueces Co. Animal Services a success  KIIITV.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

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

Meet One of Our Adorable, Adoptable Pets - Biscuit - Patch.com
Meet One of Our Adorable, Adoptable Pets - Biscuit  Patch.com

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

Mr. Spot: Pet of the Week 071220 - Tyler Morning Telegraph
Mr. Spot: Pet of the Week 071220  Tyler Morning Telegraph

Protect yourself and your pets from harmful algae blooms this summer - redlakenationnews.com
Protect yourself and your pets from harmful algae blooms this summer  redlakenationnews.com

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

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

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

MADACC reminds pet owners of heat stroke symptoms, provides prevention tips - WITI FOX 6 Milwaukee
MADACC reminds pet owners of heat stroke symptoms, provides prevention tips  WITI FOX 6 Milwaukee

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

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

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

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

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AAA Texas reminding Texans to keep kids and pets out of hot cars  FOX 7 Austin

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

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

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

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Pets We Love 2020 - SRQ Daily Jul 13, 2020  SRQ Magazine

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Pets of the Week July 13 - 17 - The Hartselle Enquirer  Hartselle Enquirer

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LETTER: Chickens, dogs make equally good pets | Letters To Editor  yoursun.com

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Seeing Pets as Human  Psychology Today

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

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

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Adopt-a-pets: July 12 | News | carolinacoastonline.com  Carolinacoastonline

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

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Pet food giveaway held in Newville  ABC27

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VETERINARY VIEWPOINTS: When your pet needs anesthesia | Lifestyles  Stillwater News Press

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Adorable & Adoptable–Pets of the Week: Teton, Smokey, & Calypso  SweetwaterNOW.com

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

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

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CAPA Pet of the Week: Buttercup  Lompoc Record

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

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

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

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

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GALLERY: All American Pet Photo Day  WEAR

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

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

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

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

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

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As weather grows hotter, pets could be at risk  Carolinacoastonline

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

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

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The most pet-friendly airlines in the world  Travel Daily News International

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Pets: Rx for a happier life  The County

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

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Two pets looking for new home after owners test positive for COVID-19  KEYT

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

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Pet of the Week: Eva  Billings Gazette

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

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

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From 'Loki' to 'Courage the Cowardly Dog', netizens share what their pets are named after with pictures  Times Now

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Helen Woodward Animal Center Adopt a Pet: Sunny -  KUSI

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

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Warning letter sent to pet food firm after inspectors find Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria  Food Safety News

Pets of the week: July 12, 2020 - Record Searchlight
Pets of the week: July 12, 2020  Record Searchlight

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Pets help people cope during pandemic isolation, studies show  wpde.com

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

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Keep your pets safe this weekend with these fireworks safety tips  Clarksville Now

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More than 28,000 pets found forever homes from Massachusetts animal shelters in 2019; state has an 80% save r  MassLive.com

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

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

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Pet Rocks and Chia Pets have met their match  Marin Independent Journal

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4 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet  PRNewswire

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

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

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

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

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

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Dogs, cash stolen in burglary at Daphne pet store  AL.com

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

How to help your pets deal with the stress caused by 4th of July fireworks - KOMO News
How to help your pets deal with the stress caused by 4th of July fireworks  KOMO News

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

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

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

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4 Mood-Boosting Benefits of Pet Ownership  PRNewswire

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

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Brits told how Brexit will impact holidays, pets and mobile phone charges  Metro.co.uk

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Pet Jerky Treat Market Set To Register A CAGR Growth Of XX% Over The Forecast Period 2019 – 2029  Cole of Duty

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

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It's doggone hot! Pet owners and their furry friends cheat the summer heat  FOX10 News

Animal Shelter Society shares pet of the week - WHIZ
Animal Shelter Society shares pet of the week  WHIZ

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Photos: Behind the Scenes With a Top Pet Photographer  Washingtonian

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Special Report: The pros and cons of purchasing pet insurance  WSBT-TV

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