News For This Month: Dogs

Dog Care: Your Ultimate Guide to Flea and Parasite Treatment

Dogs are not just human pets, they are considered as man’s best friend, and they are treated like members of the family. It is essential to keep our dogs free from parasites to keep them healthy. It is important to monitor any changes in appetite, water consumption, or behavior, and to have regular visits to a trusted and reliable veterinarian to best take care of your dog. The best person who can diagnose and treat your dog accurately and safely from fleas, worms, and other parasites is a veterinarian. A dog commonly become infected with an external or internal parasite at some point in its life, and parasites can affect your pet in different ways, from simple skin irritation to life-threatening conditions if they are left untreated. The fact is that some parasites can even be transmitted and infect people.

You can protect your family and your dog from harmful parasites all year round by following the recommendations of your veterinarian, and by having your pet tested for parasites yearly. Parasites are usually a problem during warm weather and may also cause problems in cooler seasons because of their ability to continue their indoor lifecycle. The first signs that your dog has been infected with fleas are constant scratching and chewing that may cause irritated and reddened skin, and hair loss, and you may see tiny brown fleas quickly moving through the hair coat of your dog. Sometimes, the signs of flea infestation may not be visible or apparent so it is important to check the hair coat of your dog for flea feces by briskly combing or rubbing a section of your dog’s hair while sitting or lying on a white piece of paper to check for black flecks falling into the paper. How can you prevent your dog from acquiring fleas? You need to vacuum regularly including your furniture, carpets, pet bedding, and other indoor areas, and wash the bedding of your dog to reduce the number of fleas inside your home.

Outdoors and indoors should be sprayed with insecticides for eliminating fleas, treat your yard or home with the help of an expert, and treat your dog using the best flea control for dogs. It is best to consult a veterinarian for you to get proper advice on how to best treat flea infestation of your dog. Aside from problems with fleas, ticks can greatly affect your dogs that cause the spread of Lyme disease, affecting not just other dogs but also humans which are really harmful to the health. Worms is also a major parasite affecting dogs, their health is really at stake because worms consume the food they eat. Contact your veterinarian for worming tablets and tick solutions.