Protecting your pets from wildlife

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You’ve seen it in movies – Tom running after Jerry and trying to kill the mouse. While cartoons may seem cute, your pet eating a live mouse is actually hazardous to its health. If you care much about your pets, read on.

  1. The Cat and the Mouse. While it is the feline’s natural instinct to run after a mouse, Kitty could actually get roundworm and a number of diseases from these fluffy rodents. Mice carry over forty diseases and some of them are transferrable to you and your pets. One disease that your cat can get is toxoplasmosis, which causes weakened immune system. Toxoplasmosis can make your cats run a fever and cause them to lose their appetite. Cats suffering from toxoplasmosis can be treated with Clindamycin by your local vet.
  2. The Dog and the Mouse. If rodents infest your home, it is most likely that they will urinate in your property. This could pose as a health risk to you, your family and to your beloved Buster. Dogs can trample on their urine and they can get infected with Leptospirosis. By just sniffing on the urine, the Leptospira can enter your pet’s body. This causes depression, joint pains and fever. Leptospira bacteria can also be transmitted to humans with your pets as secondary hosts so you might get infected without even knowing it. The only way to be sure is to safeguard your home from any rodents that carry the bacteria.
  3. The Cat, the Dog and the Raccoon. If you think that the only wildlife that you need to keep your pets safe from are mice, you are wrong. Any wild animal can expose your pets to a wide variety of diseases. Raccoons, for example, have roundworms in their feces that contains the B. procyonis parasite. When a cat or a dog come in contact with raccoon feces, they can ingest the eggs and this can cause the infection. While it is treatable in adult dogs and cats, it is fatal to puppies and kittens. They cause intestinal problems and visceral disease. In some cases, worms attack the nervous system and can cause seizure, difficulty eating and lethargy in your pets.

As much as possible, prevent any interaction between your pets and any wild animal. Using DIY methods such as using poison or traps is inhumane and at the same time, can also endanger your own pets. Exclusion is your best bet to remove them from your property and keep them from coming back. One method is sealing possible entries of wildlife to your home by installing screens that even the dexterous paws of raccoons and the powerful teeth of squirrels cannot infiltrate.
Professional wildlife control services like Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control specialize in these techniques and they are trained to check out all possible entrances in your property which even you might not have thought of. With almost twenty years of experience, Skedaddle’s wildlife control technicians have scoured and sealed houses to keep wildlife from coming back. Protect your home and solve the problem from its core – wildlife-proof your home and call Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control today so your cats and dogs can move around and safely play!

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