Climate change affects everyone, including our pets. In an alarming but informative PetMD article called “Does Climate Change Impact Flea and Tick Populations?” we learn what to expect with fleas, ticks and climate change. It’s not pretty.
How Fleas, Ticks and Climate Change Touches All of Us
Fleas and ticks are always a concern for pet parents. When you’re dealing with cancer too, deciding how to fight these nasty parasites is a constant struggle. Not long after Jerry got osteosarcoma, we opted out of any topical flea and tick medication. His body was already weakened by cancer and we didn’t want to risk harming it further by applying chemical pesticides to his body.
We always used all-natural flea and tick control for Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray, but times are changing. Last summer our best efforts to control ticks failed. It was the worst tick season we endured in Colorado. It’s a miracle none of us contracted any of the diseases carried by the little bloodsuckers. The question that’s constantly on our minds is:
What’s the greater risk: developing cancer from a toxic pesticide applied to Wyatt Ray’s body? Or contracting a potentially life-threatening disease from the ticks?
“As the climate heats up, it’s become less unusual to find record-hot days in traditionally cold months like November and December, which means that ticks and fleas are finding the world a more hospitable place and our dogs, cats and small animals (like rabbits) have better odds of catching diseases spread by fleas and ticks.”
The article goes on to explain how each year new records are shattered around the globe as summers intensify and winters become warmer. As a result, climate change appears to be affecting ticks more than fleas, says Thomas J. Daniels, PhD., an associate research scientist at Fordham University’s Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station.
“Naturally, if flea and tick season – warmer months like summer and fall – lasts longer, the odds increase that your pet could catch a disease. The season is lengthening . . .”
To be clear, Wyatt Ray doesn’t have cancer. If he did, I’m not sure what we would do. Through the years we’ve shared ideas to fight fleas and ticks naturally, so I’m sure we would just resort to those methods. But now we’ve opted to use an all-in-one parasite topical called Revolution. We aren’t thrilled about using it and feel guilty with each drop we apply, but the peace of mind we’re getting is more than going without.
How do you fight fleas and ticks?
Spring is upon us and the bloodsuckers are getting ready to pounce. Maybe if we all put our heads together we can come up with sure-fire ways to fight fleas and ticks this summer. Feel free to share your ideas here or in the Tripawds Discussion Forums so we can learn from one another.
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