As the days get warmer those creepy-crawlers that have been dormant the past few months begin to emerge. Domestic animals will interact with these bugs daily. Whether through ingestion, bites, or stings, man’s best friend is always at risk of contracting diseases from insects. While you’re focused on patching screens and scrubbing down countertops, don’t forget about your pet and the possible bugs they may encounter! Following are the top five ways to prevent bug bites and irritations to your furry companion.

1.) Don’t Wait!
The best way to treat a pest problem is to be proactive! Don’t wait for the problem to become insurmountable. Keep your pets up to date on their shots and act at the first sign of a problem. There are many different methods for helping pets including dusts, liquids, and aerosol sprays. All are available for purchase here!

2.) Only Use Approved Treatments
Holistic treatments might seem a better alternative to name brand products, but they can have disastrous effects on your pet. Only use products that have been approved as healthy and effective treatments by animal health professionals. The wrong treatment lead to a worse outcome than the original infections.

3.) Spot Treatment
Pay attention to where your pet hangs out. Treat the areas your pet spends time, no matter how insignificant it may seem. Cleaning up and treating pillows, rugs, and other surfaces can reduce the risk of infestation and help protect your pet from future bites.

4.) Use Pet Specific Products
Though the average bug spray is an effective mosquito repellent for humans, sprays marketed towards humans are not going to be effective methods of treatment for animals. Only use products on your pet that were designed for use on animals. Domesticated animals have different sensitivities and susceptibilities than humans, keep in mind that your four-legged friend will react differently to products made for them! 

5.) Don’t Assume

Don’t assume that your pet is safe from bug bites if they only hang out inside. Not treating your pet to prevent insect-carried diseases or ignoring the signs of a possible bite or sting can only increase the chances of your pet suffering from one of the many health problems bugs carry, including the multiple strains of Influenza, Lyme Disease, and even Zika. Remember, also, that your pet can act as a carrier – even if your pet isn’t being harmed by these pests, you could fall victim to their bites!