We all love our dogs and want to protect them but there are a few little nasties out there that seem to love them even more given half a chance.
Parasites can’t get enough of our pooches and they come in two forms. Endoparasites: which live inside the body including Tapeworm, Lungworm and Heartworm. Esxoparasites which live on or in the skin including Fleas, Lice and Ticks. Below explains how to spot them and recognise the signs. As always, contacting your Veterinary practise is advised for diagnosis, preventive care and treatment.
How will Ticks affect my dog?
They pierce the dogs skin and suck blood over several days. This can cause irritation and painful abcesses. Ticks may also transmit diseases to humans and can lead to serious health problems if left untreated. It’s important to remember that the adult fleas found on our pets only represent 5% of the flea population. The rest are lurking as eggs in our homes – in carpets, sofas and in your pets bedding. Fleas are prolific breeders and can explode in the warm spring and summer when one flea can become 1000 in just 21 days.
To really get rid of fleas, you have to disrupt the cycle – adult fleas have to be killed before they can start laying eggs, and regular treatment is important to control it.