You can forgive your pet almost anything: chewed up furniture, puddles on the floor, and fights with the cat. It may be harder to forgive them for the pests they bring into your home, however. Sometimes, the creatures that infiltrate your pet's hair can end up taking root in your carpets and upholstery and attacking you and your family. Fortunately, you can learn to recognize these pests and get them out of your living space.
Kissing bugs are usually found in the lower half of the United States, although they've been reported as far north as Connecticut. These creatures live by sucking blood from their hosts, and dogs are an easy target. They are also attracted to human flesh, so if your dog brings them into the house, you and your family can be their victims as well. You do need to be afraid of this pest because it can carry the Chagas disease that attacks both dogs and humans. In dogs, this disease can be fatal. You do need to watch for these insects and discourage your dog from eating any type of bug.
Ticks used to be considered an unhealthy pest, but in recent years, their bad reputation has grown, mostly due to the spread of Lyme disease. If you take a walk in the woods, you can easily bring a tick or two home. Your dog is particularly vulnerable to ticks since they are frequently outside, and the ticks can hide beneath their thick coats. When they bite humans, they can transmit a variety of diseases, including Lyme disease, Colorado tick fever, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. As a result, you need to check your pets after they've been outside and remove any tick. You also need to thoroughly examine your own body. Invest in some form of tick repellent, both for you and your pet to keep both of you safe.
Dogs and fleas go together like hot dogs and mustard, which means your home is a prime target for infestation. You need to invest in flea protection for your dog and constantly be on the lookout for these tiny intruders. If you notice a cluster of black dots on your skin when you walk through your home, you can be certain that the flea population has exploded in your space. You can try at-home remedies, but your best bet is to call in the professionals flea exterminators. Otherwise, you can fight the fleas for months and still lose.
You can forgive your pet almost anything, even a pest infestation, but you need to be aware of these intruders and take steps to fight them. You and your dog will be healthier and happier if you do.