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Pests on Your Pets: The Horrifying Facts

Most of us has probably encountered tick and flea problems in our pets, but how harmful are they exactly? These parasites do more than cause a lot of discomfort, they also pose animal and human health risks and should be prevented or removed immediately.

What are they?

Fleas are wingless, jumping parasites that leave intensely itchy bites. Soon, your pet could have irritated patches of skin, also known as “hot spots.” If too many fleas feed on your pet, they may actually remove enough blood to cause anemia. These parasites are also hosts to flea tapeworm and are efficient carriers of many diseases like cat scratch fever and “rabbit fever”, which cause symptoms like fever, lethargy, and weight loss.

Ticks, on the other hand, can also cause problems associated with itching, but this is the least of your pet’s tick problems. Depending on where you live, they have been known to infect pets with Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, or “tick paralysis” which is caused by a toxin released by the tick itself leading to respiratory failure or paralysis and death. Ticks can also attach themselves to humans, especially babies and the elderly, causing diseases, infections, or rashes.

How do you get rid of them?

Many will suggest using a spot-on treatment which is applied to the neck or back of your pet, and while it is effective, it also has its side effects. The EPA (environmental protection agency) has received numerous reports about adverse reactions varying from mild skin irritations to sickness, seizures, and even death due to reactions from the chemicals found in these types of products. Thankfully, there are natural alternatives to prevent and remove ticks and fleas without putting your pets at risk. Read our article on ticks and fleas – prevention and removal to see the different natural products you can use to get rid of these parasites safely!

Source: Healthypets.com

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