Dogs: Heart Worm, Fleas and other Parasites

July 24, 2009

in Cat Health

Heart worm, fleas and other parasites in dogs need to be eliminated by using the relevant medication on them. Many products have come onto the market to protect dogs from heart worms, fleas and other parasites like hook worms, whip worms, round worms, lice, ticks etc.

Out of the heart worms, fleas and other parasites, fleas can produce a hyper-sensitive over-reaction in the affected dog. Animals infected with fleas scratch their bodies very vigorously. Frequently the scratching is so bad that the skin becomes hyper-sensitive and dermatitis occurs in the scratched areas of skin.

The consequences of a serious flea infestation is often that the animal can not lie down for long or sleep comfortably due to the persistent flea bites. So, the animal appears to have some serious skin issues. If the the animal is not properly attended to for these flea bites, there could be a secondary bacterial attack in these sites and there may even be a bad smell emanating from the affected area of the animal’s skin.

You have to observe your pet closely in order prevent a serious outbreak of fleas. However, it is essential to prevent such a serious outbreak as they are extremely distressing to your dog. Similarly, the skin of the animal needs to be inspected regularly for the presence of ticks and lice. In order to do this effectively, you need to inspect the dog’s skin by separating the dog’s hairs. The easiest way to achieve this is by slowly back-combing or ruffling the animal’s hair.

Often, if your animal is anaemic, and he is not infested with fleas, you have to check for hookworm. Symptoms of hookworm are anaemia, loose stools and a pot belly. The dog’s owner may recognize these symptoms themselves, however, to be honest, the dog ought to undergo a routine health check at the vet’s involving faecal and hematological examinations.

There are many products available commercially, some of which are helpful for solving all these conditions in a single dose. Drugs like ivermectin are highly effective and are obtainable in injection, oral and solution forms. The latter should be applied directly on the dog’s skin. These drugs can induce the prevention of these conditions too.

So, the best policy to adopt is to keep a keen watch on your dog. This could very easily be carried out at bath time and when you are brushing him. You can use an anti-flea and anti-tick shampoo, which will keep these nuisances at bay, if used regularly. Couple this with frequent grooming with a lice comb and the use of a flea collar should keep your pet flea, lice, and tick free.

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