Emergencies can happen any time and anywhere, and as pet owners, we need to know how to protect our pets. Whether it’s fire or flood, tornado or earthquake, summer hurricane or winter Nor’Easter, or even just a power outage in the heat of summer, our pets depend on us to take care of them. This means knowing what to do ahead of time.
We Americans spend about a billion dollars a year on products that we hope will protect our pets from fleas. No one can blame us for wanting to avoid these nasty little guys; but the use of toxic chemicals must be weighed against the dangers they pose to the health of our pets and our families, particularly our children.
Fleas, of course, are best known for making a pet’s life miserable with persistent scratching; but they can also transmit disease and tapeworms, and severe infestations can lead to life-threatening anemia in your pet. So why not just buckle a flea collar around your pet’s neck, or squeeze a tiny tube of spot-on treatment between their shoulder blades, and call it a day? Good question!
Ticks cause Lyme disease, right? So I need a spray or collar or spot-on product to protect my dog, and I should probably look into getting the Lyme vaccination. Right? Well...no.
They go by several names -- acute moist dermatitis, pyotraumatic dermatitis, summer sores, moist eczema, superficial pyoderma -- but whatever you choose to call them, they are indeed hot spots. Let's take the bite out of hot spots, even before they start.