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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 other member of your family, it is important to keep your 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. A veterinarian is the best person who can diagnose any presence of fleas, worms, and other parasitics in your dog, and treat your dog safely and effectively. 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 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, 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 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.

Outdoors and indoors should be sprayed with insecticides for eliminating fleas, 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 is also a major parasite affecting dogs, their health is really at stake because worms consume the food they eat. Contact your veterinarian for worming tablets and tick solutions.