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Angie's List: Keeping Your Pets Safe from Fleas, Mosquitoes and Ticks


Summer can be a fun time for pets, but it's also a time when they face some extra health hazards.

Pets can pick up harmful parasites and fleas in summertime, but the experts at Angie's List say you can prevent these problems before they start.

Angie's List says three pests cause the most health problems for pets.  They are fleas, mosquitoes, and ticks.

"If you brush against your pet's fur or look underneath them, you see black pepper or pepper looking dots on their bedding, that's a fairly good sign that fleas are there," says Dr. Greg Magnusson, veterinarian.

Heartworm can also be harmful, and it spreads easily.

"A mosquito will suck blood out of an infected dog or cat and fly over to a neighbor's house and then take a second blood meal off that dog or cat and inject the worms into that pet," says Dr. Magnusson.

Owners should also check their pets for ticks.

"Most of our ticks we find from dogs that aren't necessarily hiking in wooded areas, but are just in their backyard," says Dr. Magnusson.

Angie's List says it's far easier to prevent the health problems that come from these pests than to deal with the aftermath.

"Especially during these summer months, preventative care for your pets is important when it comes to parasites because it's very easy for them to pick up fleas, for example," says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List. "The treatment is much more expensive than the preventative maintenance is."

Angie's List says preventive heartworm medication is usually given in a chewable pill that pets take once a month.

Fleas and ticks can usually be kept away with a topical treatment, or sometimes a special collar.

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