Treatment of a dog from fleas and ticks
Treatment of the dog from ectoparasites is a mandatory measure designed to protect the health of the pet. The bites of fleas, ticks and mosquitoes not only bring the animal discomfort, but also create a risk of infection with infectious diseases.
There is a myth that it is enough to treat a pet from parasites 2 times a year: in spring and autumn. But in practice, treatment from parasites must be carried out all year round. Fleas are active at any time, and the dog can become infected with them, regardless of season or temperature. Veterinarians also recommend treating the dog from ticks regularly: from snow to snow. In frosts, ticks fall asleep, but as soon as the average daily temperature exceeds + 5 ° C, they immediately become active. In our climate, this can happen even in winter. There are known cases of bites at temperatures below zero, for example, in the area of heating mains. To protect your pet, treatment should be carried out regularly.
Ectoparasites of dogs
Ectoparasites include all parasites that live on the surface of the skin of animals and feed on blood. These tiny creatures are equipped with peculiar attachment organs: bristly legs and claws. With their help, they grab hold of the coat tenaciously and move along the surface of the body.
Parasites are divided into temporary and permanent. Temporary (ticks) after a bite are detached from the victim, and permanent (fleas) use the animal as a home.
The most “popular” ectoparasites of dogs are fleas and ticks. It is the responsibility of each caring owner to protect his pet from them.
What is an ectoparasite bite dangerous for a dog?
– The bite brings discomfort. Bite sites may itch and hurt, causing stress in the animal.
– Feeling uncomfortable, the dog combes the bites, and the wounds become the gateway to bacterial infections.
– A large number of bites leads to blood loss, which weakens the animal’s immune system.
– Ectoparasitis saliva may contain infectious agents and infestations. Thus, each bite of ectoparasite is a serious risk of infection.
Diseases after a bite develop very quickly. Sometimes the manifestation of symptoms lasts for several weeks, and sometimes it passes outbreak: within just a few hours. If treatment is not started in a timely manner, the animal may die.
In order not to put the pet at risk and doom itself for significant expenses (for example, treatment of pyroplasmosis costs an average of 6 thousand rubles per day!), It is important to follow the treatment schedule for parasites. Remember one of the most important principles of medicine (and veterinary medicine in particular): “A disease is easier to prevent than to cure”?
How to protect a dog from fleas and ticks?
How to protect a dog from ticks and fleas?
At the modern level of the pet industry, protecting a pet from parasites is as easy as shelling pears. For this, a full range of protective equipment has been developed: shampoos, collars, spot-on drops, chewable tablets (popular reliable lines of antiparasitic drugs: Front Line, Three-Act, Prak-Tick, Bravecto, Nesgard, etc.). You can buy them at any pet store. Most antiparasitic drugs have a wide spectrum of action and provide protection not only against fleas and ticks, but also against mosquitoes, water-eaters and other insects.
When treating a pet from parasites, strictly follow the instructions for use. Each tool is applied in its own way and has its own period of action. As soon as it ends, the processing must be repeated. If the dosage is incorrectly calculated or the frequency is violated, the protection will be ineffective!
If your dog has not been treated for parasites or the period of protection has expired, then returning home from a summer house or camping, be sure to wash it with an antiparasitic shampoo (for example, Bio-Groom). This will help destroy ectoparasites, which may have infected the pet. And after that, provide further protection: with the help of drops, collars, sprays or tablets – to choose from.
Antiparasitic drops are applied 2 days before washing or 2 days after it!
It is enough to use one reliable tool for real-time protection. It is not recommended to combine sprays, drops, collars and tablets with each other: this will not benefit the pet. However, each drug has its own characteristics and recommendations for compatibility. Carefully read the instructions and consult with a veterinarian before processing.
Be vigilant and protect the health of your pets: they deserve it.