It's not uncommon for cat and dog wellness to plummet due to a lack of flea and tick control. These parasites are renowned for negatively impacting the health of their hosts, and many of them carry diseases that can be transmitted to animals. Now, wildlife experts believe that ticks may be to blame for the drop in the moose population across Minnesota, according to USA Today.
Scientists have come to the conclusion that ticks might be the culprit behind the lack of moose in the area, having found about 120,000 ticks on a single species. Some believe that climate change may be at fault as well, but so far, most people are on the side of the parasite.
"It is survival of the fittest, and … moose are ending up on the wrong end of the stick," Gary Botzek, executive director of the Minnesota Conservation Federation, told the news source. "Moose are pretty important animals to our psyche here in Minnesota. [If] we lose moose, I don't think we are getting them back."
Mild winters in many regions of the country have permitted fleas and ticks to survive throughout the season. As a result, pet owners and wild animals alike have been forced to combat these parasites, as well as the diseases they carry.
Keeping ticks under control
Whether it's the middle of winter or summer, ticks can be a threat to animal health. That being said, there are a few ways pet owners can keep them away from their cats and dogs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend checking clothing for ticks that may latch on from the outdoors and make their way inside. Similarly, a visual inspection of animals' coats should be conducted to remove parasites.
Products such as Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Collar for Cats and Kittens can keep ticks, fleas and mosquitoes at bay for a maximum of seven months. Similarly, topical drops can provide the same results for up to 30 days to give pet owners peace of mind. A combination of tick removal tactics and preventative treatment can be the most effective way to fight back against parasites. In the end, individuals will be thankful that they don't have to deal with the diseases that come with these pests.
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