Summertime Bugs and Insects
While summer is a beautiful season, it is also a prime time for bugs that can bite, sting and even cause disease. Let’s look at the concerns:
These are a top concern, since mosquitoes can spread heartworm disease. Less commonly, but still possible is West Nile virus (1923 cases last year). Aside from this, many dogs are allergic to mosquito bites, just 1 or 2 can cause quite a bit swelling and intense itching, much more so than a 'regular' bite.
These are much more prevalent during warm weather, though a dog should be protected year-round. Since a flea can jump up to 6 feet, thereby transferring from one dog to another very easily, it is during the summer when your Yorkie may be outside socializing more often, that this increases the risk.
Ticks stay dormant during the winter, but as soon as spring comes around, they are ready to latch onto a dog and in the summer, they are in full force. Ticks carry disease including Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis.
When you are protecting your Yorkie from fleas and ticks, choose your products carefully. Stay away from any that contain Tetrachlorvinphos or propoxur, as these can cause dogs to become sick with diarrhea
, vomiting, eye discharge and can even cause breathing difficulties.