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Rising sea levels, extreme weather patterns, extinction of certain species and disruption of the food chain are all effects of global warming. But the climate change is not just affecting those areas, it’s wrecking havoc on your pet.
NASA reported that 2015 was the hottest year on Earth, since record keeping began nearly 136 years ago.
So what does this have to do with our animals? Think fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.
What was once a seasonal issue, fleas are now a year-round problem. With more fleas your pet not only has the potential to catch more diseases, but it also has an increased chance of infection.
Ticks are not only disgusting but cause Lyme disease in dogs and humans. Lyme disease is debilitating and unfortunately there is no cure. What is even more frightening is in some countries, like the U.K, veterinarians are warning pet owners against the dangers of ticks and Lyme. Why? Because in the last 6 years the incident rate of the disease has gone up by 560%!
Mosquitoes spread heartworm disease and those particular mosquitoes would only be found in particular regions. Due to the rising temperatures, they are spreading the disease in every state across the U.S.
Experts are urging pet parents to properly dispense preventative medication to their animals and also to thoroughly check for ticks and fleas. Especially for the upcoming summer months.