Is Your House Killing Your Dog?Written by Dr GW Graham
You love your dog. You would do anything for your dog. Well your home may not be best place for your dog to live a long and happy life.
Just like parents often put poisonous things into a baby’s room (like new wallpaper and plastic toys) and wonder why baby is sick, people often expose their dog to things that will kill them and wonder why dog is sick or dying.
Dogs get sick and die from cancer. That is a fact. But did you know that household cleaning products will cause cancer?
An example is bleach. Everyone knows that it interfers with breeding dogs by altering sex hormones and by killing sperm. But did you know it can alter DNA to point that tumors develop?
You find bleach in many of household products that your dog comes in contact with on a daily basis. It is in laundry detergents, for example. Did you launder that blanket your dog sleeps on? Does you dog sleep in laundry room? Did you spill detergent on laundry room floor where your dog can lick it?
Your dog can also be exposed to mold, especially in laundry room. The room is wet and warm and confined. A perfect place for mold growth to concentrate.
How To Protect Your Pets From Fleas And TicksWritten by Bridget Mwape
Fleas are wingless, blood-sucking insects that feed on dog, cats, humans and other species. There are many different types of flea each one specific to animal that it lives on. The most frequent fleas found in home are cat flea and dog flea.
THE FLEA PROBLEM Fleas and ticks are responsible for a number of diseases in pets and people. Some types of ticks, for example, can transmit bacteria that cause Lyme disease to animals and humans and some fleas can harbor tapeworm larvae, which grow into adult tapeworms in intestines of pets or people. Flea bites commonly cause skin irritation and itching and some pets are allergic to flea saliva. Taking care of your pets responsibly includes protecting them from fleas and ticks. Fleas can be a problem even in best kept homes and on cleanest of pets. The best approach to managing fleas is prevention. But if you already have a flea problem, you can control them as long as you treat both your pet and your home. Many products are available to help control fleas and ticks on pets and in their environment. Check with your veterinarian for appropriate treatments.
FLEA TREATMENT AND CONTROL The objective of treatment is to break flea life cycle by treating home, pets, and outside environment with insecticide. Before purchasing and applying pesticide products to pets to control fleas and ticks, talk to your veterinarian about best product to use and how to treat animal, as well as environment.
After feeding on your pet's blood female flea lays eggs which drop into animal's bedding or favourite resting place. The highest concentration of eggs, larvae and pupae are likely to be in these areas rather than on animal itself. This means vast majority of flea population lives in your yard or home.