Keeping Your Dog Safe
Ensuring your home is pest-free while protecting your dog from potential threats can be overwhelming and scary. However, it doesn’t have to be with a strategic approach to living pest-free. Knowing and identifying pests that could be a potential threat to your dog is crucial to keeping your furry friend safe. You also need to know how to proactively stay on top of possible infestations through different methods you can practice with your dog. Although it is important to understand when you need to call professional pest control services.
Throughout this blog, we will guide you through maintaining a pest-free home while ensuring the protection of your four-legged friend. You will discover natural remedies that are pet-safe, learn about regular checkups with your dog to stop early infestations, and understand what to do when the issue gets out of hand.
Pests That Can Be Harmful For Your Dog
Fleas are tiny insects that pose a threat to your dog’s well-being. These pests are a reddish-brown color and can be difficult to spot due to how small they are. Fleas are wingless insects that are extremely agile and can jump from one object to your dog’s fur.
Fleas like to stay hidden and in areas where your dog will spend most of his time, whether that’s your bed, carpet, or furniture. When a flea jumps they often hide themselves in the neck, ear, and base of your dog’s tail. For a dog this can cause itching from the irritation and discomfort provided by the flea. In serious cases this could transmit diseases and cause allergic reactions to your furry friend.
Ticks are one of the most common pests affecting dogs every year. They are blood feeding parasites that latch onto your dog’s skin. Ticks can range depending on the stage in your life, but usually it tends to be brown or black.
Ticks are less likely to infest your own home, however they can hitch a ride indoors and cause a threat to you and your dog. It is crucial to regularly check your dog’s fur, ears, between the toes, or around the neck for ticks. Ticks can cause serious health issues for dogs including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and more.
Spiders can vary in size, color, and venom potency, while most spiders in Florida are harmless to dogs, there are a few species to be cautious about. To name a few of the most popular ones are the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse. These spiders are easily distinct able by their coloration and patterns on their bodies.
Spiders are typically known to be in a dark and secluded area, you might find them in sheds or garages. However, to protect your dog, being aware of these areas and regularly inspecting them is crucial. These spiders can cause discomfort to the furry friends and in rare cases cause severe reactions to dogs including paralysis and death.
Ants are extremely common in Florida, and many tend to be harmless, however some can pose a threat to your dog’s wellbeing. Some call them red ants but these invasive and aggressive ants are called fire ants.
They are known for their painful stings and dogs can possibly cause risk for your dog if they disturb a fire ants’ nest. The stings from a fire ant can cause discomfort, swelling, and in some cases allergic reactions. If your dog has a raised, reddened area it is safe to say that your furry friend encountered fire ants.
Rodents, such as mice and rats can pose a significant health risk to dogs. They are known to carry diseases and enter home through cracks and crevices in your foundation and doors left open. Rodent’s droppings, urine, and saliva all can transmit diseases to dogs posing a severe health risk.
Often times dogs are tempted to investigate and chase rodents, some may even eat the rodent which can be a huge health risk. If your dog has ingested a rodent, your furry friend could become quite ill and need to see a veterinarian.
How To Prevent These Pests from Causing Harm to Your Dog?
Taking a proactive approach to keeping your pets safe from harmful pests can significantly reduce the risk and minimize the threat of pest-related harm. Prioritizing regular visits to your pet’s veterinarian can protect them from pests and contribute to their overall well-being. Asking your veterinarian for flea and tick medication is crucial, as these medications protect your furry friend against possible infestations.
Another important aspect of protecting your pets from harmful pests is simple habits like keeping your home well-maintained and clean. Regularly vacuuming carpets and dog beds will help eliminate any lingering pest eggs or pests. Incorporating the habit of checking your dog before they enter your home, by brushing off debris, can reduce the risk.
Pest infestations can occur out of nowhere, but dogs are often the primary source of flea infestations in a home. So, maintaining proactive measures ensures everyone is protected in your home.
Professional Help That is Dog-Friendly
When an infestation gets out of control, seeking professional help for pest control is the most efficient way. You might be thinking that it’s not efficient or safe for your dog; however, pest control companies do prioritize using dog-friendly solutions. When your home is being treated, take measures to secure your pet, ensuring they are temporarily removed from the treated areas.
Greenhouse Environmental is your local pest control service that specializes in treating pests such as rodents, ants, spiders, roaches, fleas, and ticks while using dog-friendly products. We understand the challenge of finding a dog-friendly solution for your home, and we provide you with products that protect both your children and your dog. By prioritizing professional help with these considerations, you can effectively protect your home and loved ones from unwanted harmful pests.