Posted April 26, 2018 in General
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Call out the SWAT team! Fly season is upon us, and those pesky little insects will be out in force again, as the weather gets warmer. Flies hang out in unsanitary places (piles of garbage, sewers, waste management sites, etc.), feeding on rotting, decaying matter; and researchers suspect they transmit at least 65% of all diseases to humansincluding anthrax, e coli, and dysentery. Pets aren’t immune to the wrath of insects, either. Flies nip at whatever animals they can reach, creating infection and tremendous discomfort.
So, what can you do to protect your cat and dog from flies and everything that comes with them? Well, a 24-hour, on-the-job swatting team would be ideal, but who has the time for that? Luckily, there are safe alternate methods that pet parents can take to lessen Fido and Fluffy’s encounters with flies this year.
Please note that not all fly bite treatment products are safe for use on cats.
Get the Buzz on Flies
In combating flies, it helps to first get a little insight into their habits and how they reproduce. Flies only ingest liquid food, so they eat by spewing saliva on top of solids and sucking it up through a straw-like mouthpart called the proboscis. They also drink a great deal to keep salivating, accessing liquid wherever availablesuch as rain-filled containers, ponds, and your dog’s water dish! These obnoxious insects also regurgitate and excrete wherever they come to rest. (Those tiny specks that appear in places where flies congregate are actually the insects’ fecal matter!) So if the fly that lands on your dog has just come from a smorgasbord in a nearby garbage can, whatever germs it has acquired will be transmitted to your pooch.
Flies reproduce at an alarming rate. Adult females lay 100-150 eggs upon any decaying matter they can find. After about seven and a half hours (in warm weather), the eggs hatch and release worm-like creatures called maggots, which later change into larvae. A larva will become a pupa and, in time, an adult fly. Adults start mating within a day or two, and the process starts all over again.
Cats, Dogs, and Fly Control
Flies generally zone in on a cat or dog’s ears, stomach, and groin because these areas offer more skin. Ears are a very popular target, too, especially on Labradors and German Shepherds. To help keep your pet from becoming part of a fly’s daily roster of targets, try these simple precautions.
Annoying, obnoxious, and downright irritating aptly describes tormenting insects. Set your sights on flies this season with prevention, treatment, and safety. Help pets enjoy the outside without fear of becoming a fly’s next target.