Our furry friends need to be taken care of very consistently when it comes to parasites. The external ones are pesky and inconvenient, but also dangerous, since they attack body tissues such as skin, blood, and fur. If you want to protect your pet from them, this article, which presents four of the most common parasites, could come in handy.
Is your dog scratching excessively? Does your dog have reddened skin or it’s losing fur? Well, he or she might have fleas. Your pet can get them when you two are walking because fleas lay their eggs not only on the hosts but also on their surrounding environment. Also, they lay up approximately five hundred eggs in their lifetime.
Worried that your dog might have fleas? There is a cure for everything! There are tons of options and they are very easy to find. Almost in every pet shop, you can find flea collars, topical treatments, sprays or other products for this issue.
Have you recently inspected your pet’s skin and saw a tick? These blood-sucking parasites can be easily viewable at a simple inspection of the fur and skin. Also, scratching might also be a sign.
They live holding onto their next victim. They detect potential hosts by their body odor and heat. The problem with ticks is that besides sucking the blood of the animals, they also increase the risk of getting a disease.
There aren’t many options for getting rid of ticks since many people do it by themselves, at home, or consult a veterinarian. If you prefer a simpler procedure, veterinarians recommend tick shampoos for dogs.
Does your dog has irritations and skin damage ? Or maybe intense scratching? It might have lice. They also cause restlessness and matted coats. If you’re not sure, these little parasites can be seen while examining your animal’s fur.
They spread from one animal to another (usually from dog to dog and from cat to cat) when these two come in contact.
There are many treatments for lice since this is a common parasite. The hard part comes when cleaning the habitat of the animal (like pet bedding and accessories). This process is necessary because lice can also live away from their hosts.
This one is very dangerous. Our animals spend a lot of time outdoors and sometimes we can’t control what they come in contact with. Mosquitoes can produce heartworm infestations.
In this case, the symptoms are – persistent coughing, lethargy, fatigue, reduced appetite, weight loss and cats can even vomit and have respiratory distress. When they feed, mosquitoes spread diseases and parasites from one animal to the next.
Due to their mobility, preventing your pet from getting a mosquito bite is not easy. However, some tick and fleas treatments contain imidacloprid and they prevent the spreading of diseases up to four weeks.