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The different types of mite and how your pet is affected

mites

Mites would rather make their home on your cat or dog, but given the chance they will gladly bite you too. Some mites need to use your pet as a host to reproduce, but others can be a persistent and itchy problem for you and your pets.

The Cheyletiella mite, also referred to as walking dandruff, is a mite that specifically targets dogs and cats. However, they can also infect humans, and they spend their existence crawling on the surface of the skin.

Scabies mites are similar to walking dandruff because there are different variations for particular hosts. There is a specific mite than can infect humans and spread to others, although this is different to the ones that infect your pets. Animals can carry the human version for a few days though. Scabies mites on your pet can bite you, leaving a trail of red bumps and constant itchiness.

Dust mites prefer to live under your soft furnishings, behind your fridge and in other sheltered areas of your home. They live off dead skin cells, and can irritate you or your pet’s skin if they decide to hitch a ride. Many pets and humans are allergic to these mites, causing cold-like symptoms without having to suffer many bites.

So how do we prevent these pests from entering your home, and using you and your pets as their hosts? Keeping your pets indoors is a good way to keep the mites out, but it’s not a very realistic method. Brushing their fur twice a week can help you keep an eye out for signs of any irritation, which could be an indicator of mites being present. If you think you’ve been bitten after contact with your pet, isolate them from other animals and people until you can take them to the vet for proper treatment. Always wear gloves when handling animals with mites, to avoid any further itchy bites.

Do not try to deal with mites on your own. It takes prescription medication to rid your pet of these pesky insects, and a professional pest controller to eradicate an infestation in your home.

How to Find the Best Pet Sitter for Your Lovely Dogs

Dogs and Cats

When you want to go on a vacation or you simply too busy to walk your dog, you will need a pet sitter or dog walker to take care of your dog and take it for a walk every day. However, even though there are so many pet sitting jobs available, finding a good pet sitter can be very challenging. You need to make sure that the person you choose is fond of animal and know how to take care of a dog properly.

The easiest way to find a professional pet sitter and dog walker is by asking for recommendations from your friends. You can ask your friends how the pet sitter performs his job and whether he is trustworthy or not. This is important because when you hire a pet sitter, you are going to give access to a stranger to enter your house and play with your dog.

Moreover, you can also look for a good pet sitter and dog walker from dog walking jobs directory. In that site, you can find many pet sitters from different backgrounds and experiences. You can easily choose the one that suit your need and budget. Don’t forget to interview the candidates before hiring them to make sure that they can do the job you offer perfectly.

How to use a flea collar effectively and how they work

Flea collars are an effective and affordable way of preventing your pet getting fleas and ticks. However they are not always the most appropriate treatment for every pet in every situation. Flea and tick collars are most suited to pets who spend most of their time outdoors, so for cat owners they are invaluable. Alone they are not the best form of protection, but used in conjunction with other treatments, can keep your home and pets pest free for years to come.

The flea collar works by either repelling the pests by emitting a gas or containing a chemical repellent that is continually released, spreading over your pets hair coat and skin and being absorbed by their natural oils. The chemicals then stick to hair and skin to provide continuous and effective protection.

Flea collars may be irritant to your pet’s skin, even causing fur loss and skin damage. If this does occur, discontinue the use of the collar immediately, and seek your vet’s advice. There are many different products that can used to treat your pet for pests, so a flea collar definitely isn’t your only option.

Pest collars have been shown to be more effective at combating ticks than fleas because the collar rests around your pet’s neck. This means the insecticide is most effective in the neck and facial areas, which is where ticks tend to gravitate towards. If ticks are a more pressing concern to you and your pet, the flea collar could be a great solution for you. Some collars even last up to 8 months as opposed to the 1 month spot on treatment, so it’s a great money saving pest control treatment.

If you’re still not sure whether a flea collar is the best method of treating your pet’s fleas and ticks, talk to your vet to explore more options on the different treatments available.

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