Steps on How to Deal with the Nuisance Pests and Parasites
Perhaps one of the most common (and the oldest) problems of dog owners everywhere is the persistent pests that continuously torture and cause extreme discomfort (sometimes, diseases even) to our beloved furry friends. It is as though even with treatments such as shampoos, drops, oral medication and others, these nuisances can’t just really go away. Having been infected with pests and parasites deeply affect the well-being of dogs and other pets. At first, common discomfort could be felt by our dogs. In the long run though, the diseases that could possibly be transmitted to our dogs is more than what we could pass. The thought of infecting our dogs with the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis or the Lyme Disease (which is a disease that attacks the tissues) is pretty scary. Now to prevent our dogs from being exposed to more health risks, it is best to do preventive ways to (once and for all) eliminate the ticks and fleas from their system.
Lucky for us dog owners, there are ways to prevent and eliminate the ticks and fleas.
First, Be Observant- Check the Signs of Parasite Infestation
A dog owner would know if something’s wrong with his or her pet. If you often observe your dog to be restless and licking excessively in various body parts. Worst case of ticks or fleas would mean anemia—so you can check your dogs’ gums. If they look pale, it would mean your dogs might have ticks and fleas.
You can physically check your dogs by using a flea comb. The thin and fine bristles of these combs can collect the fast moving fleas in no time. Although these bugs can’t fly, they are quick moving and can jump like crazy. Fleas are also easy to spot on dog furs because droppings on the dogs’ fur and skins look so much like pepper specks. Reddening of skin is also a sign of fleas. The coloration is pretty much cause by flea bites and the dog’s scratching.
Ticks are much bigger than fleas—and are easier to spot because they resemble spiders. When full, they could be as big as a quarter of an inch. They also have some favorite “dog spots” usually attaching themselves to the paw pads, near the anal areas, and their favorite, the ears. You can also feel them through your dogs’ fur. Tick infestation is actually very dangerous for your dogs. Dog owners are advised to see the vet immediately before it gets worse.
How do we Prevent these Parasites?
Start of by cleaning your household with chemicals which you can spray on surfaces. This could be used on floorboards, dog beds, couches and others. If the dogs’ surroundings contain chemicals that can kill of fleas and ticks, then you will no longer have the problem thinking about these parasites attaching themselves to your dogs. Do not forget that the environment is a huge factor in maintaining the health of your dogs—also in this case, a huge factor in preventing infestation.
There are also oral preventives which are prescribed by vets. These are usually given to pets monthly (some for every two months or so). Be reminded that these preventives have side effects, and must be administered with the approval and advice of a vet.
You can also look into natural ways of waving off these parasites. There are a good number of powders and all natural sprays available in the market. These natural remedies are also effective in deterring ticks and fleas. You may also consult your vet for the best natural repellants.
Also take note: Grooming is very important. It is not just about giving your dogs a decent bath, it is also about bringing them to the grooming center for a regular trim. This is very important for the overall health of our furry friends.
There are loads of preventive ways to totally eliminate the threat of ticks and fleas to our dogs. All you need is some good ‘ol cleaning, perhaps some monthly oral preventive, and some steady routine of dog grooming—you’ll see that those ticks and fleas will be out of your dogs’ lives for good!