Dog Care: How to Handle Fleas and Other Parasites
Dogs are considered more than pets, we consider them as our best friend, and we treat them as members of our families. Like any member of our families, it is important 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. Your dog can become infected with external or internal parasites at some point in his lifetime, affecting your dig in different ways, and if they are left untreated, they can cause simple skin irritation to life-threatening conditions. These parasites can also be transmitted and infect you and other people.
It is essential to follow your veterinarian’s recommendations, and have your pet tested for parasites yearly, so you can protect your family and your dog from harmful parasites all year round. 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 flea infestation? It is important to vacuum you bedding, furniture, carpets, and other indoor areas regularly, and wash the bedding of your dog to reduce the number of fleas inside your house.
It is important for your indoor and outdoor areas to be sprayed with insecticides for fleas elimination, also treat your yard or home with the help of an expert, and treat your dog using the best flea control for dogs. Contact a veterinarian to get proper advice about your dog’s flea situation. Aside from fleas, ticks may also infect your dog spreading Lyme disease that can affect 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. It is best to consult your veterinarian for the right product and dosage worming tablets and tick solutions.