Study: My Understanding of Dogs

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. It is essential to keep our dogs free from parasites to keep them healthy. To best take care of your dog, it is essential to monitor any changes in appetite, water consumption, or behavior, and to have regular visits to a trusted and reliable veterinarian. 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, 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 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. 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 your dog from acquiring 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.

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. It is best to consult a veterinarian for you to get proper advice on how to best treat flea infestation of your dog. 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. It is best to consult your veterinarian for the right product and dosage worming tablets and tick solutions.