May News Letter 2018
Happy May everyone. Since we skipped spring, I hope summer isn’t a doozy. We have definitely had our share of rain. With all the rain it is important to have your pets fecal checked because of all the standing puddles which can harbor bacteria. It is equally important to have your pets on flea, tick and heart-worm prevention. This month is loaded with things going on. May is Chip Your Pet, Pet Cancer Awareness and National Pet Month. May 1st is May Day, the 3rd is Specially-abled Pets Day, the 5th is Cinco De Mayo, the 6th starts Be Kind To Animals and National Pet Week and is May Day for Mutts, the 7th is Puppy Mill Action Week, the 8th is Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, the 13th is Mothers Day, the 20th starts Dog Bite Prevention Week, and the 28th is Memorial Day. Hopefully the weather will cooperate with any endeavors you have planned for this busy month.
The Buzz on Mosquitos
Mosquitos bite us more often then our pets, perhaps because of perfumes we wear or because we have a lack of fur. Mosquitos do prey on our canine companions. Their bite has the potential to transmit the dreaded West Nile Virus to your dog, but the greatest risk is the exposure to heartworm disease.
The American Heartworm Society documents that heartworms have been found in dogs in all 50 states. The highest infection rates are within 150 miles of the Gulf, Atlantic Coast, and along the Mississippi River. Mosquitos thrive in a moist and warm environment. In the drier sections of the country, mosquitos can still thrive in the areas where there is standing water or where water is present. Veterinarians in most areas of the country now suggest that heartworm prevention be given year round. The American Heartworm Society now recommends year round prevention for all dogs in all regions.
Flea Facts and Information
In a round table discussion sponsored by Merial:
- Female fleas begin feeding on pets within minutes and lay 40 to 50 eggs per day
- Larvae take 5 to 12 days to develop into pupae
- Fleas emerge from pupae in 14 to 180 days
- Temperature and humidity drive flea population growth
- In many parts of the country, autumn is the time when conditions for flea development are most favorable
- Shady, protected outdoor areas are preferred sites for flea hosts and flea larval development
- Direct sunlight and heavy rain are lethal to flea larvae.
- Micro-climates in the home can support flea development. Nylon carpet fibers absorb water from the air, which creates favorable humidity for larval development. Larvae can develop in grooves and cracks in hardwood floors.
- Fleas can hitchhike into homes on people and infest indoor only pets.
- It can take six to eight weeks for flea infestation to become established in a home, and at least that long for all life stages to be exhausted once treatment begins.
10 reasons for flea control failure:
- Not all household pets are treated
- Pet owners think indoor only pets don't get fleas.
- Pet owners think all fleas are killed immediately upon treatment
- Pet owners think they should not see fleas on their pet once the pets are treated
- Pet owners think that once the fleas are gone, they can stop treatment
- Pet owners consider the fleas they see, not the eggs, larvae, and pupae.
- Pets continue to explore places flea development thrives
- Untreated neighborhood pets and wildlife, have access to the yard.
- Flea products are not applied properly.
- Flea product doses are split between pets.
What many people don't know about pets:
1. Pets are permanent hosts for fleas and necessary for their reproduction
2. Urban wildlife is an important source of fleas
3. Dogs pick up fleas from dog parks and other common areas, even when there are no other
dogs around. These fleas came from eggs laid on other animals about six to eight weeks
4. People can bring fleas into the home.
5. Where there are adult fleas, there are eggs, larvae, and pupae.
6. Shady protected outdoor areas are ideal spots for flea development.
7. It can take several weeks for all developmental stages of fleas to become
8. In many parts of the country, autumn- not summer- is when flea populations are highest.