Dog Care: How to Treat Fleas and Other Parasites
Dogs are more than pets, we consider them as our best friend, and we treat them as members of our household. 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. A veterinarian is the best person who can diagnose and treat your dog of fleas, worms, and other parasites. 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, and if left untreated, parasites can affect cause simple skin irritation to life-threatening conditions. The fact is that some parasites can even be transmitted and infect people.
It is important to follow recommendations from your veterinarian, and by having 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, which 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 scratching and chewing, and you may see tiny brown fleas quickly moving through the hair coat of your dog. Sometimes, the signs and symptoms are not apparent so you have to check your dog for flea dirt which are actually their feces through your dog’s hair coat by using a flea comb or by rubbing a section of your dog’s hair while sitting on a white piece of paper. How do you prevent your dog from getting 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.
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. Consult your veterinarian so you can seek proper advice basing on your 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. Another parasite that greatly affects your dog are worms. Contact your veterinarian for the best and right dosage of worming tablets and tick solutions.