Getting The Facts On Fleas, Ticks, Heartworm And Kennel Cough

September 30, 2011

in Cat Health

by Rebecca Foxton

The top names in pet flea control are Frontline, Advantage, Revolution and Bio-Spot.

These on-the-spot type treatments for dog and cat flea problems all provide one month of complete protection.

Advantage flea treatment kills fleas very quickly. The active ingredient, imidaloprid, acts as a nerve agent that fries their entire nervous system.

Ninety eight to a hundred percent of the fleas on the animal die within 12 hours of application.

Brands such as Frontline flea and Advantage flea killers have nearly immediate results and long lasting protection.

Your pet should not be a victim of fleas when relief is readily available.

The best solution is to pick a good flea medication for your dog.

External parasites that live off of the blood of mammals, reptiles, and birds are often referred to as mites and ticks.

While there are 5 species of ticks in North America, the America dog tick is the most widely known.

Now for the scary stuff: Ticks are only second to mosquitoes in transmitting diseases to humans.

Ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, equine encephalitis, and ehrlichiosis.

They also transmit diseases found in pets and livestock.

Another common kind of mites are the wood ticks that live in the Rocky Mountains.

Tick treatments for dogs include tick collars and flea & tick shampoos.

For effective tick control, dogs should be checked in tick season (warm weather = more ticks) and if a tick is found, it should be removed entirely.

Part of the tick may be left in the wound, if you are not careful, thus increasing the likelihood of infection.

Heartworms are life threatening internal parasites that are transmitted by mosquitoes.

The parasites go through several stages before becoming adults.

Once mature, the heartworms move to the heart to survive off of the blood supply.

Symptoms like coughing and difficulty in breathing may ensue, and the outcome of an untreated heartworm infestation is the heart failure of the host animal.

No owner would like to see their pet die of this terrible parasitic disease, fortunately treatment is available if the disease is caught early enough.

One treatment available for dogs that also takes care of hookworms and ascarid infections is Interceptor.

Another common infection is kennel cough.

This is a form of bronchitis which can hit dogs hard, and readily spreads from one animal to another when many canines are held together in the same facility.

Prevention is possible through vaccinating for canine adenovirus, distemper, parainfluenza, and bordetella and the infection itself treated with antibiotics.

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