How can something as small as a tick or a mosquito be such a big problem for pets?
Mosquitoes can make dogs and cats get sick with Heartworm, West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus and other nasty illnesses that can even make a pet died!
A teeny, tiny Tick can make a cat sick with diseases like Lyme, Haemobartonellosis and Tielarema. Dogs can get those plus Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and more. All of these sicknesses are very, very bad to get.
Even though we don’t like to use chemicals, Mom does use the drops kind from our Vet but we don’t use any kind of chemicals in our yard. Instead we plant pet friendly plants that keep bugs away.
There are lots of plants that are pretty to look at that ticks and mosquitoes don’t like. Every year we fill nice planters with these plants and put them around the outside of our pen. We could put them inside our pen but DixieLee Lies to dig and I have been known to nibble on grass and sticks. Most of the plants won’t hurt me but there are some like garlic that are poison to dogs and cats.
Some of our favorite plants to keep ticks away are lavender, sage, mint, lemon grass and eucalyptus. Lavender is a pretty color and sage, mint and eucalyptus smell really nice.
To keep mosquitoes away, we like catnip (cats really like this one), rosemary, basil and citronella. Mom says rosemary is her favorite because it smells extra good. She’s not a great cook but she does use rosemary when she cooks chicken sometimes.
If your humans like to cook, they might like having fresh sage and basil right in your yard.
Now that the snow is gone and the grass is growing, it’s time for Mom and Dad to go to the plant store. We like that plants not only make our yard look pretty, they help keep us safe from some bad bugs.
P.S. Mom helped me spell the extra big words.
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