Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Lice in Pets

lice in petsIt may be that every parent’s worst nightmare is that dreaded phone call from school that a lice case has been identified in their child’s classroom. Just the word lice gives many of us the heebie-jeebies.

Did you know, though, that we see lice in pets as well? Before you start obsessively scratching your head, there are a few things you should know. Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates is your experts on lice in pets, as well as a multitude of other animal-related topics.

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DIY Don’ts: Natural Flea and Tick Treatments to Avoid

natural flea and tickFleas and ticks pose a serious risk to pets, and as spring ramps up, these ectoparasites are out and about in droves. Protecting your pet is a must, but many pet owners worry that the ingredients in traditional flea and tick preventive medications are harsh, or could pose a danger to their pets.

The temptation to experiment with natural flea and tick prevention methods can be high, especially with so much information available on the internet today. Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates wants to make sure you understand the risks involved with DIY flea and tick control, and what the safe and effective alternatives are.

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Ticks, Lyme Disease, and the Risks to Your Pet

BeverlyHills_iStock_000011902691_Medium (1)In Michigan and other parts of the Midwest and Northeast, we are literally crawling with ticks. Those who like to spend time outdoors with their dogs understand the high prevalence of these Lyme disease carrying pests.

And, while there is no fool-proof way to evade the tiny invaders, there are some precautions you can take to protect yourself and your pooch from the risks.

The first place to begin is education and awareness.

Talking About Lyme Disease

Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in the US, is an infection transmitted by the deer tick – specifically, the subspecies Ixodes scapularis. Lyme disease affects humans, of course, but also our dog companions and is becoming a much greater problem over the past 10 years.

 

 

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