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Dog Care: How to Handle Fleas and Other Parasites

Dogs are not just human pets, they are considered as man’s best friend, and they are treated like members of the family. 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. 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, and if left untreated, parasites can affect cause simple skin irritation to life-threatening conditions. 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 manifestation that your dog has been infected with fleas include constant scratching and chewing that may lead to irritated and reddened skin, and hair loss, and you may also see tiny brown fleas quickly moving through the haircoat 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.

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 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.