Dog Care: How to Handle 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 other member of your family, it is important to keep your 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. 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. These parasites can also be transmitted and infect you and other 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 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 scratching and chewing, 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? 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.
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 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 are also parasites that can greatly affect your dog’s health. It is best to consult your veterinarian for the right product and dosage worming tablets and tick solutions.