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. You must monitor any changes in appetite, behavior, or water consumption, as well as have regular visits to a trusted and reliable veterinarian to 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 transmit diseases or infect you, your family 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 considered freeloaders living in or on another creature, that are usually a problem during warm season, and they 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. The signs of flea infestation may not be visible so you have 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. How do you prevent your dog from getting fleas? Regularly vacuum your pet bedding, furniture, carpets, and other indoor areas, and wash the bedding of your dog to reduce the number of fleas inside your home.
Your outdoor and indoor areas must be sprayed with insecticides for fleas elimination, 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. Ticks also cause problems aside from fleas, spreading Lyme disease which is extremely harmful to human health. Another parasite that greatly affects your dog are worms. Contact your veterinarian for the best and right dosage of worming tablets and tick solutions.