When you think of insects that really “bug” your pets, fleas and ticks are probably the first that come to mind. While these pesky critters are certainly a nuisance, did you know that mosquitoes also pose a very serious health risk to your fur-babies?
Mosquitoes are carriers of many well-known viruses that affect humans such as West Nile, Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya. They also transmit the virus that causes heart worms in dogs. The worms are called microfilaria and they circulate in dogs’ bloodstreams. Mosquitoes become infected by feeding on those dogs. Once they are infected, they can also infect other dogs by biting them. If these worms were to be transmitted to a human, they would die on their own because humans are not a suitable host for them to thrive.
Heart worm treatment is costly and stressful for your pet. The best way to protect your pet is by taking preventative measures. We recommend consulting with your veterinarian about preventative medication. You can also take a few easy steps to reduce mosquito populations in your yard by emptying standing water, changing water in bird baths at least once per week, and keeping grass trimmed. Did you know even a bottle cap can hold enough water for mosquito larvae to survive? Being diligent about removing standing water can help to keep mosquitoes out of your yard!
APC and our employees have volunteered and/or provided support through donations to AthensPets, Athens Area Humane Society, Friends of the Oconee County Animal Shelter, Jackson County Humane Society, Canine-ival, Paws for Cocktails, Wag ‘N Wheel, Pup and Cat Co, Bark and Brew, and we participate yearly in National Take Your Dog to work day in our offices! A few of our technicians even keep their truck stocked with treats for pets on their service routes. We love pets and we know you do too so we’d love the opportunity to help keep your four legged family members safe by providing flea, tick, or mosquito service at your home. Visit our website or call anytime to schedule a complimentary estimate!