Pet experts say prepare your pets for warm weather pests

The weather is finally warmer and animal experts say now is the time to defend your dog against fleas and ticks.

Posted: Apr 23, 2018 9:48 PM
Updated: Apr 23, 2018 11:24 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The weather is finally warmer and animal experts say now is the time to defend your dog against fleas and ticks.

Spring finally has arrived throughout the Wabash Valley. Animals might like enjoying the warm weather but so do insects that could attach themselves to your animal.

"So you definitely want to be on the watch out for fleas and ticks especially springtime is a great time for ticks to start showing their face and people are wanting to get out and get in the woods and walk the trails so they just need to be aware when they do those things to check your dog over" Veterinarian Troy Loudermilk says.

Loudermilk says now is the time to make sure your pet has preventative medicine against fleas and ticks. He says to not let your guard down even during colder months.

"We see fleas and ticks especially ticks all year 'round no matter how cold it is most pets live indoors so as long as it's 70 degrees in your house you'll have fleas and I would say ticks in the last couple of weeks we've started to see an increase of ticks on the pets" Loudermilk says.

If you notice a tick attached to your animal make sure you dispose of it properly. Animal experts say, if not removed correctly, ticks can cause an infection.

"You want to make sure you get down and get the actual head of the tick off of there. You don't want to just pull because you could actually tear the head off the tick so you don't want to just get down and pull you want to make sure you get the head of the tick itself" Loudermilk says.

Area vets say the Wabash Valley is prone to standing water and that creates risks associated with mosquitos. They say to make sure your pet is medicated against heartworms as mosquitos carry them.

Terre Haute
Partly Cloudy
63° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 63°
Robinson
Partly Cloudy
60° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 60°
Indianapolis
Partly Cloudy
63° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 63°
Rockville
Partly Cloudy
61° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 61°
Casey
Partly Cloudy
58° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 58°
Brazil
Partly Cloudy
63° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 63°
Marshall
Partly Cloudy
63° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 63°
Clouds move in today with showers possible this evening.
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

WTHI Events

 

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 7 p.m. CT)

Cases: 1363409

Reported Deaths: 24725
CountyCasesDeaths
Cook54578510114
DuPage906281281
Will75577990
Lake67248988
Kane58414774
Winnebago33247475
Madison30525520
McHenry28604288
St. Clair27862514
Peoria23136315
Champaign20649145
Sangamon18762234
McLean18167179
Tazewell16959288
Rock Island14994317
Kankakee14193210
Kendall1306094
LaSalle12553243
Macon10762199
DeKalb9874119
Vermilion9653132
Adams8466123
Williamson7433130
Whiteside7165172
Boone670773
Ogle611481
Grundy589375
Clinton576090
Coles568795
Knox5565145
Jackson502764
Henry498167
Livingston482585
Stephenson475983
Woodford475176
Effingham472972
Macoupin470282
Marion4472115
Franklin445075
Monroe435793
Jefferson4296120
Lee416952
Randolph413184
Fulton392756
Morgan390382
Logan388058
Bureau372082
Montgomery372074
Christian366773
Perry317560
Fayette317455
Iroquois302266
McDonough285647
Jersey268950
Douglas258835
Saline256454
Lawrence240525
Shelby229837
Union226040
Crawford212026
Bond205024
Cass199225
Jo Daviess181524
Clark179833
Warren179846
Pike179152
Ford178647
Wayne177553
Hancock176032
Carroll175436
Richland175040
Edgar170440
White169726
Washington164525
Moultrie161028
De Witt151324
Mason151045
Piatt149814
Clay148143
Mercer147033
Johnson144415
Greene143733
Wabash134512
Massac134340
Cumberland129019
Menard123612
Jasper115018
Marshall107318
Hamilton83315
Schuyler7587
Brown7066
Pulaski6877
Stark63823
Edwards57112
Henderson52514
Calhoun5182
Putnam4823
Scott4791
Alexander46811
Gallatin4584
Hardin38612
Pope3224
Out of IL40
Unassigned02356

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 8 p.m. ET)

Cases: 733591

Reported Deaths: 13466
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1003871748
Lake54020975
Allen40829679
St. Joseph35898552
Hamilton35735408
Elkhart28745442
Tippecanoe22432219
Vanderburgh22342397
Porter18871310
Johnson18028381
Hendricks17283315
Clark13015191
Madison12725339
Vigo12482248
LaPorte12011214
Monroe11928170
Delaware10726187
Howard9959218
Kosciusko9451117
Hancock8325142
Bartholomew8085156
Warrick7792155
Floyd7677178
Grant7080174
Wayne7064199
Boone6722101
Morgan6596139
Dubois6162117
Marshall6083112
Cass5839105
Dearborn582178
Henry5767104
Noble563684
Jackson502773
Shelby493696
Lawrence4571120
Harrison436372
Gibson436292
DeKalb429685
Clinton428153
Montgomery425389
Whitley397439
Huntington393380
Steuben390057
Miami382668
Knox372690
Jasper370148
Putnam362360
Wabash354980
Adams341955
Ripley340270
Jefferson331581
White315654
Daviess298299
Wells291981
Decatur285692
Fayette281662
Greene280085
Posey271933
LaGrange268370
Scott267254
Clay260647
Washington241832
Randolph241481
Spencer232631
Jennings230649
Starke217854
Fountain213246
Sullivan212142
Owen202156
Jay196730
Fulton195640
Carroll189620
Orange184154
Perry184037
Rush173725
Vermillion169743
Franklin168435
Tipton163045
Parke146616
Blackford135132
Pike135134
Pulaski117145
Newton108334
Brown102641
Crawford101315
Benton99014
Martin89515
Warren82415
Switzerland7938
Union71110
Ohio57111
Unassigned0417