Wednesday, 16 March 2016

What Pests Are Harmful To Your Pet?

 Pets are also targeted by pests like humans. Some of these bugs can cause serious health problems to the members of feline and canine families. You can give a healthy and long life to your pet in Singapore, who gives unconditional love to your entire family, just by knowing about the bugs which can be harmful for them and the ways to protect them. Brief information provided here under will help you to protect your furry friends from these health threats.

Annoying mosquitoes: Mosquitoes not only spoil ones comfortable life but also spread a number of health problems for the dogs and cats along with humans. Some of these infected pests can also transmit the larvae of heartworm in the blood stream of your pet which can cause problems in their lungs and heart after settling their after maturity. It can cause cough and weakness in your dog or cat. Its infection can be fatal for your pets if not treated properly as soon as possible.

Sting of wasps and bees: The sting of the pests like wasps and bees are equally painful for the dogs and cats as they are painful for humans. Along with swelling and pain the sting of wasps and bees can sometimes also cause fatal allergic reactions to your pet. These severe reactions in pets can be recognised through the symptoms similar to the humans like hives, swelling, shock, diarrhoea and breathing problems etc.

The problem of pests like mosquitoes, bees and wasps can be prevented by keeping the environment clean and pest free. You can save your pet by spraying pesticides in and around your home to prevent the infestation of these insects.

Fleas invading the fur: Fleas are flat and tiny pests that live in the fur of your pet and suck its blood. They easily find their place to hide even if they do not have wings as they are the best leapers. The bites of fleas can cause severs irritation and itching on the skin of your dog or cat. The saliva of these fleas can be more problematic if the pets have sensitive skin as it can experience skin infections, rashes and even lose its fur. It can also cause allergy to the pet-owners if it leaps from their dog or cat to them. Along with blood loss and infection these fleas also help in infecting other worms like tapeworm etc. This tapeworm can cause discomfort and itching by infecting your pet’s digestive system by entering into its digestive track while grooming it.

Ticks: Your pet can get infected by the ticks crawling on the grass and leaves as they like to live in warm places like the body of your dog or cat. These pests cannot be detected easily if the pets have shaggy and long hair. They can insert horrible health problems like canine ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, fever and canine anaplasmosis as they live on the blood of their host. The seriousness of these diseases can judged through their effect on humans as symptoms like fatigue, fever and cough along with major health problems like damage to central nervous system and heart etc. can be seen with the pet-owners, when passed on to them.

The problems caused by the ticks and fleas can be prevented by bathing the pets regularly. If the population is growing in the fur of your dog then you can also comb their fur or pick the fleas after wearing gloves to reduce the problem to some extent. After it you can use some anti-flea medication available in the market to prevent further growth of the problem. Similarly if live in tick prone area then you should mow your lawn regularly as they usually thrive in long grass and can easily infect your pet when he plays with you in the lawn. You can check the skin of your dog with your hands wearing gloves and can remove them with a tweezers if you feel something odd under his skin. But proper disposal of ticks is also equally important as they can again infect your pet or you if left unattended.

Heartworms: It is one of the common pests harmful for the pets as they infect the dogs and cats through mosquitoes. They remain active for several months after infecting your pet for once as they flow through their bloodstream and settle down in their blood vessels connecting lungs and heart, after growing adult. A dog can live with several heartworms grown up to 14” length but cats cannot bear even one heartworm and die.

The infection of heartworms can be prevented by medicating the pets every day. You can give insecticide based medicine to your dog to kill the pests infecting him. But these medicines should be given carefully as they can also be fatal for your dog or cat.

Gastrointestinal worms: Just like heartworm some pests like roundworm, whip worm and hook worms are also found in the gastrointestinal system of your pet that infect their digestive system.

This infection can also be prevented by keeping the place of living of your pet clean and getting their excretion tested regularly from the very beginning. You can also give them some medication like heartworms but with care.

Giardia: It is one of the pests that can infect your pet if he likes slurping rainwater. Giardia is a parasitic protozoa which can cause diarrhoea and vomiting to the pets after getting into their intestines. It can be prevented through vaccination. This vaccination is especially necessary beforehand while going outdoor with your dog or cat.

Thus your pet can be infected with a number of pests in Singapore that can be dangerous for their health, if not treated properly as soon as possible. Along with treating you dog or cat you should also care for their nutritious and healthy diet to help them in recovering their health at an earliest. You can also take the help of an experienced vet in your area to assess the extent of problem to your pets so that their problem can be treated more promptly and properly.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Are Termites Harmful To Pets?

It is rare to come across a family that does not love pets. Most families in Singapore have at least one or more pets at home. Pets are considered as a great company and always make a home livelier. Essentially, a pet is just like a member of the family, and this is a clear indication that they ought to be kept not only protected, but also safe. As much as termite problems may affect you, they also affect pets such as birds, cats, dogs or iguanas. As you try to deal with termite problems at home, put your pet’s life into consideration. It is very possible for termite to bite cats, dogs or any other pets that you have at home. Even more worse, most of the termites are hidden and out of sight, and your pets seeing them can be difficult.

If you have termites at home, it is definitely a big problem that ought to be fixed. You will not only be able to save your home, but also your cherished pets. However, worry not because there are different treatment methods that you can apply to save your pets. With the help of an exterminator, you can opt for the best treatment that will be safe for both you and the pet. Most treatment methods usually require evacuation of the family. They require their food to be covered or removed from home completely. Fabrics and other material that may allow the treatment chemicals to seep in also ought to be removed. Nonetheless, the pets are even more delicate and need extra precaution lest there will be further damage or death.

Pet reactions to termite stings
There are different reactions that pets will exhibit when they have been stung by termites. The reactions do vary and if it is mild, there will be minimal pain or swell in the affected area. In this case, it is important to keep a close look at the pet and be on alert in case the symptoms worsen. It is equally advisable to involve a vet and get appropriate advice in case there are allergic reactions.

Dogs usually experience moderate reaction because of stings and bites. This can cause a vascular reaction on the skin that will eventually lead to hives or rapid swelling. There can also be redness on lips of the pet, around the neck or the eyes. This causes severe itching that will make the pet to be uncomfortable, or can even lead to life threatening conditions such as anaphylaxis. This is an allergic response that causes difficulties in breathing, eventually leading to death. It is important to take your pet to the hospital immediately you notice these symptoms. This happens to be one of the life threatening effects of termite infestation to pets.

Treatment precautions to observe
If you are to leave your home when the treatment is taking place, it is obvious that you are going to take the pets with you. It is common sense that if the place with not be safe or comfortable for you, it will also not be suitable for the pets. Nevertheless, this depends on the type of treatment that you are going to use. There are particular methods that will not require evacuation.
The pets are usually in danger even more than human beings. For instance, pets are smaller than human beings. As such, if the treatment method is comprised of something that is too small to cause harm to a person, it is likely not to be smaller to a dog, cat or any other pet. Most of these pets are susceptible to poisoning because of their small size. Rightly so, if the treatment method you use does not require you to leave, it is important to remove the pets before anything is done. Another reason why you ought to be careful with pets is their location at home. Since most homes in Singapore have a place for the pets down the floor, extra precaution is needed. It is, therefore, important to be extra careful with the treatment method used.

Pets also spend a lot of time outside the home. When there has been a treatment of termites, most of the foundations and exterior parts of the home are sprayed. It is also obvious that little precaution will be taken than when the spraying is done inside the house because people do not live outside. This is a good way of eradicating termites outside your home, but it can be harmful to pets such as dogs and cats. When these pets are outside their house, they usually bite, scratch and lick different places even where there is poison. As such, after the treatment has been done, it is important to keep the pets away from these areas that have been treated until it is considered safe.

Is evacuation needed for both people and pets?
Most termite control methods involve the use of liquid termiticides that are put to the soil that is around the house. This means that this will not expose the people inside the house to the treatment. Above all, most of the modern termiticides are usually odorless and have been manufactured at a concentration that is only effective to termites. This means that it is not harmful to human beings or animals especially when sprayed or used outside the house. However, the case is different when fumigation is applied. This is a technique that usually involves the tenting of a home and then a gas is injected in order to destroy the termites. In this type of termite treatment, people and pets are required to be evacuated. All plants and food items that are around the home should also be removed before the treatment commences.

Frequency of treatment
Most people believe that termite control is measure that should be done on a yearly basis. Only inspections can be done on an annual basis in order to confirm if the treatment administered was effective. Moreover, the period of treatment depends on the level or degree of termite infestation. The soil condition will also determine how often the treatment should be done.


Without a doubt, termites are harmful to human beings just as they are to pets. As you prepare to get rid of them, be sure to keep in mind of the vulnerability of the pets. Let the exterminators know of the presence of pets even before the process begins. This is a worthy measure so that the pets are safe and stay alive after the process of termite eradication.