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Dog Care: How to Treat Fleas and Other Parasites

Dogs are considered more than pets, we consider them as our best friend, and we treat them as members of our families. 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. 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 also be transmitted and infect you and other people.

It is important to follow recommendations from your veterinarian, and by having 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, 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 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 do you prevent your dog from getting fleas? 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. 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. Contact your veterinarian for worming tablets and tick solutions.