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Should I Be Worried About Ticks Getting On My Texas Pets?

The threat of tick-borne diseases is an interesting topic because different people respond differently to the threat these pests pose. The responses range from one apathy and indifference to one of dread. And while we certainly don't want to promote fear, it is important to have a healthy level of caution when it comes to dealing with ticks. Though the risk of you or your pets contracting a tick-borne disease is relatively low, these parasitic pests have the ability to transfer a variety of different diseases, some of which can lead to lifelong health complications. And that’s definitely not a risk you want to take!

Which diseases affect dogs and cats?

The tick-related diseases that most commonly affect dogs are Lyme disease, canine ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, canine babesiosis, canine anaplasmosis, canine bartonellosis, and canine hepatozoonosis.

While tick-borne diseases are not as common in cats, they can still cause severe sickness and even be fatal. The tick-related illnesses linked to cats are Lyme disease, haemobartonellosis, cytauxzoonosis, tularemia, which can cause tick paralysis, and babesiosis, which can lead to anemia.

When ticks choose our pets as their hosts, they can transfer diseases to them that can make them become very ill. These illnesses can lead to chronic symptoms, kidney disease, heart conditions, and nervous systems disorders. Acute symptoms of tick-borne disease can include fatigue, stiffness, weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss, nose bleeds, flu-like symptoms, depression, fever, swollen lymph nodes, nasal discharge, pale gums, jaundice, darker-than-normal urine, difficulty breathing, and seizures, among others.

While this is enough to make you worry about ticks getting on your pet, there is also the threat that those ticks can use your pets to get into your home and then attach to you and your family members. And many of the diseases and symptoms listed above can affect humans as well as pets. That is why it is vital to take precautions when it comes to ticks

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  • Is your treatment safe around pets?
    Our general treatments are safe around dogs and cats – provided they do not intentionally contact or consume applied materials before they have dried. Certain pets, especially aquatic life and reptiles, are especially vulnerable to some pesticides so it is important to be especially careful while treating when these types of pets are present. We recommend these types of pets, in addition to birds, guinea pigs, and other small animals, be kept away from the treatment area until it is safe for them to return.
  • If your company puts out rodent poison at my house, will a rat die inside?
    Yes, this is a possibility. Ideally, we prefer to use traps on the inside and in the attic, and then place rodent poison in protected stations on the exterior (which could reduce the likelihood of having a rodent die inside). However, anytime a rodenticide is used, there is always a threat that a rat or mouse could die on the inside. If the dead rodent can be located and removed, this will fix the smell. Otherwise, we sell odor control products to help with unpleasant smells should this unfortunately occur.
  • What type of payment options do you accept?
    We accept cash, check or credit card. We do ask that you pay at the time of service. Many of our customers put a credit card on file with our office. It is stored securely in our system and only charges AFTER the service is rendered.
  • How long do I have to stay out of my home or property after treatment is performed?
    In situations where you have to be out of the property during and after treatment (flea treatment, roach clean-out service, or for health reasons, etc.), we recommend that you stay away until all products have completely dried. This is usually approximately two to four hours depending on conditions, after which time it is completely safe to re-enter the property.

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