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Dogs And Their External Parasites


You will do everything you can to prevent it but chances are you will find one of these pests on your dog. External parasites love dogs because they can hide under their fur and find places to latch on where the dog can't reach to get them off. Obviously you don't want fleas and ticks on your pet or the diseases they tend to carry. This article discusses the best way to prevent and rid your pet of these parasites.

We have all seen them. Maybe even bouncing on your dogs back or maybe even on you. You can see their excrement in your dogs hair and looks like little bits of dirt in your dogs hair. It looks like someone sprinkled pepper on your dog. They like to collect around your dogs tail and groin area. They also like the head and ears.
Fleas are a real pain. The can quickly become a real problem in your home. They can follow a pet inside your house and set up shop in your carpet and furniture. Once they set up they are hard to get out. Your dog may be allergic to their saliva and little bites can turn into big welts. Your dog will itch and itch without satisfaction.
To get rid of fleas you must take a holistic approach. You need to treat the dog and the house. Take the dog outside and deep clean your house. Vacuum your dogs favorite places well. And remove the bag from the vacuum so the fleas don't hop back out. Wash bedding, carpets, and floors.
Once this is done, wash the dog. Use a flea wash recommended by your vet. You can get drops you can put on your dogs back to prevent further pesky fleas. These are two chemical treatments, if you wanted to do it the natural way, you should talk to your vet.

Ticks are little vampires. They latch on your dogs skin and sink their heads in your dog and suck until they are ready to pop. They stay in one hidden spot and stay put until they are so full of blood they just fall off. They carry Lyme's disease which affects dogs as well as humans. This disease affects the legs and joints of its host. It can be treated in dogs but not humans.
Most flea drops work to deter ticks as well. If you are wise you will treat your pet with these especially if they spend a lot of time outside.

There are 2 basic types of mites: demodex and sarcoptes. They both cause a skin problem called mange. Of the 2 insects, demodex is the least offensive. Demodex mites live in the hair follicles. They irritate primarily the skin of the face and paws. They often come with a skin infection. Demodex mites are easy to diagnose. They are not too hard to treat if you catch them in time. Dips and the application of topical creams can help soothe. Cures are best left to the implementation of specific drugs. Sarcoptes mites are hard to find and difficult to diagnose. In fact, the symptoms are often confused with skin allergies. These mites prefer the ear flaps and elbows of animals. They ravage the skin. The fur may become patchy and fall out. Crusty scabs form. Untreated mange can result in death or euthanasia. Treatment includes dips, the application of creams and, the administration of drugs. Care should be taken. Some types of herding dogs react negatively to the use of Ivermetcin. You might want to ask, instead for Selamectin or a similar product.

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