Posted on June 23, 2011 with No Comments
An article in the NY Times suggests that exposure to household pets may decrease an infant’s likelihood to experience allergies to the pet later in life.
According to the article, close to 600 male and female infants were studied until age 18. All infants were studied based on the amount of exposure they had to indoor pets, and the results proved opposite of expectations.
Many parents refuse to keep household pets for fear that their children will possess more severe allergies to cats and dogs later in life. The outcomes of the study were just the opposite, and children may in fact benefit from having a pet playmate as they grow up!
Posted on July 12, 2010 with No Comments
What are they?
Canine scabies, also known as sarcoptic mange, have been affecting a great number of dogs in the recent months. The sarcoptic mites invade the skin of healthy dogs and puppies which can create problems. The most common effects are severe scratching and hair loss. From the intense scratching, most dogs will develop sores and infections on the skin. The mites like to latch on to dogs but they can also live on other animals and even humans. The female mite will burrow into the skin and lay eggs there. These tunnels can get to be several centimeters long! The eggs will hatch 3-8 days after the females lays them. The babies will grow as the mother dies off. The whole process takes 2 to 3 week. Mites that live in cool moist environments can survive up to 22 days, but the mites in room temperature will live only 2 to 6 days.
How does my dog get them?
An animal can get scabies by being around an animal that is already affected. Wild dogs, coyotes, and foxes have a good chance of carrying the mites. They do not have to come in direct contact with the animal, but just be in the same areas that they were once in. Once your dog gets the mites, when he goes inside of a house they can affect other pets and even humans.
JP McHale Pest Management can offer a comprehensive solution to any Mange problem. Simply contact us by phone 800-479-2284 or email to talk to someone about protecting your home from mange!