The Dangers of Insect Bites: What You Need To Know – Part 2


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In last Monday’s post, we learned about three extremely dangerous insects: fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. These tiny insects carry diseases and can cause significant harm (and even death) to your pets.  Steve Dale, pet expert and certified dog and cat behaviorist, told me that veterinarians have noticed a significant increase in vector-borne diseases among dogs in metropolitan areas. Scary, but true.

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Here are just a few vector-borne diseases that insects can cause in dogs:

  • Anaplasmosis
  • Erlichiosis
  • Lyme Disease
  • Otoacariasis
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Flea Allergic Dermatitis
  • Hemoplasmas
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • Plaque
  • Typhus
  • Heartworm

“Our pets bring us so much joy but we don’t want parasites in our house. All of the things that can be scary to our beloved dogs and us can be avoided,” says Dale. “These are simple steps and…

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