Most people don’t like even the thought of bugs or parasites, but it’s an inevitable reality that fleas are the most commonly seen on pets, especially dogs, resulting in irritation and skin complaints – both for them and you. Modern-day pest control products are highly effective, but not so much as it is easy to become complacent about skin parasites. But they do require a frequent and proper application.
How to test whether your pet is infested with bugs?
Tick, flea or bug infestations on your pet dog may result in some uncomfortable and clearly evident symptoms. Normal signs associated with fleas and tick-borne diseases in dogs vary considerably depending on the extent of the infestation, but usually include:
What to do when your puppy has fleas?
If you do find ticks, fleas or flea dirt on your pet, get him to your veterinarian, as there are appropriate medications for infested animals that can do away with fleas immediately. This way, you can remove ticks from your pet, but keep a watch for any signs of disease. It is essential to err on the side of caution for flea and tick products. Never use a product suitable for a dog on your cat or vice versa. Pests can also result in dog allergies (dermatitis) in your pet dog, for which it’s best to contact your veterinarian for further treatment. Other types of external parasites that can cause skin problems include dog mites, mange, and lice.
How to keep away parasites?
Ticks and fleas are the cause of a number of diseases and health problems in dogs, and thus preventative medication is essential for your pup. With plenty of flea and tick products available, it is best that you visit your veterinarian to discuss your pets living conditions and health issues to arrive at the best treatment for your pet. Preventative medications come in several forms that include oral medications, shampoos, topical medications, and collars. Medications are to be taken only as directed by a veterinarian and should be ideally used around the year to prevent infestations.
Parasites to look out for
Worms can be seen by inspecting your pet’s stool, including tapeworms (like grains of rice) or roundworms (akin to tiny pieces of cooked spaghetti). Others like hookworms are too small as to be seen with the naked eye.
Mucus or blood in the stool, Diarrhea, a dull coat, change in appetite, weight loss, and any signs of abdominal discomfort can be signs of dog parasites and should be promptly checked out by your veterinarian.
If your pet develops infections in the ear, hair loss, or rashes associated with scratching (hot spots), it could be a sign of either flea infestation or environmental allergy that can turn quite serious. It’s best to approach your veterinarian for immediate treatment.
Only a trained professional can conduct tests to properly diagnose, identify and prescribe the best treatment method to manage and prevent diseases.
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