Summer is upon us and dog’s being dog’s, with their noses and paws into every nook and cranny, can pick up all manner of nasties on their travels. When you share your life with a dog, dog fleas and other parasites can unfortunately, become part and parcel of the relationship. Though if you’re aware of the signs and keep your eye out for the nasty little blighter’s, then all will be well.
Unwelcome Dog Fleas and Ticks
A parasite is an organism that lives on or inside a host species, and the parasite relies on that chosen host species (ie.your dog) for the nutrients that it provides, quite often at the detriment of the host.
Most common external parasites that affect our poor doggies are fleas, ticks and mites, and the more usual internal ones are tapeworm, roundworm, hookworm, whipworm and heartworm. These are just some of the common parasites, there are however quite a few other nasty unwanted occupants as well.
Prevention Is Better Than Cure
Although some dogs are accustomed, and hardly affected by parasites, showing few harmful symptoms, others may not be so lucky. A parasite could just be annoying and irritating, but in some cases it can cause disease and ill health, and even be fatal.
Dog fleas and ticks suck the blood from your dog, which could if not given treatment, cause infection or anaemia, with the result that your dog will become very not well. So with a little forethought, by treating your dog with flea spray before the event, or Frontline Spot On Dog. it will prevent the distress that can be caused by scratching and possible infection.
Keeping to a good routine is the best way to maintain the health of your dog. Regular grooming, even on short hair dog’s, gives you the chance to check for dog fleas or any other unwelcome visitors and deal with them promptly.
Not only can an infestation of worms in your dog make them quite ill, it is not a pleasant sight if you see the worms in your dog’s faeces. As with fleas etc., it is far better to treat your dog with a worming medication on a regular basis to stop this from happening.
Coupled with a visit to your vet for advice, early awareness of dog fleas and other parasites on or in your four-legged friend, is beneficial to their general health, and can ultimately cut your vet bills in the long run.