Fleas and ticks can be a serious pain for both you and your dogs. Learn some preventative measures to take as well as how to fix issues that already exist.
Fleas and ticks are such a pain to deal with. They can cause issues for you and for your dog as well. Leptospirosis is another issue, one that affects dogs as well as their humans.
By taking preventative measures you can save yourself a lot of trouble. If your dog does get ticks or fleas, deal with these issues quite easily with these tips.
Leptospirosis Affects Humans As Well:
Humans can get leptospirosis too, and most will get it the way dogs do, from being exposed to the urine of farm or wild animals. But they can also get it from their pet dogs. Where this disease is having an outbreak, don’t let your pets near places like sandboxes and wading pools where children play.
Fungi like mushrooms may taste great on pizza, but the rest aren’t so nice! Fungi can be found in soil the world over. There are types that live in the soil found in the Mississippi Valley, the Mid-Atlantic States and even southern Canada, while others will flourish in soil contaminated with bird and bat droppings. Others will take residence in the dry south-western soil.
Infections Caused By Fungal Organisms:
An active dog that spends long periods of time outdoors and those like to dig stand a fair chance of infection with a fungal organism that has made its home in that soil.
Normally, a dog with a stronger immune system will be able to keep the disease at bay, but if your dog is combating a different infection, or has a weakened immune system, the fungi will latch onto the dog’s body and can cause some very serious problems.
Parasites found on the dog wait for an opportunity to make strong hold on the animal wherever they get a chance, whether on the skin or in the intestine. Apart from this, these fungal parasites are the main reason for arthritis, pneumonia, bone infections, fever, lacking appetite and some sort of uneasiness.
Having in mind that there are no vaccines for these fungal attacks, take care to see that your dog is not digging in grounds near holes already dug by burrowing animals.
Preventative Measures To Avoid Parasitic Infections:
These are the places where the fungi make a strong foothold. Fortunately these days, veterinary medicine offers a number of preventive programs that can help your dog avoid the misery of parasitic infections.
Because some parasites, such as hookworms and roundworms, can be spread to humans, parasite control is critical. Fleas are a prime source of aggravation for a dog, as they cause quite a bit of itching.
The more the dog scratches, the worse the itching seems to become. There are two ways in which fleas can cause itching. The first thing they do is bite the skin and such blood. They may remain in one place or hop all over trying different spots until they are filled.
And it hurts more because they frequently feed on areas of the body that have thin skin, like the base of the tail, the ears and the groin. The flea bite itself is bad, but dogs may become allergic to the flea saliva and itch everywhere, even from just the bite of one flea.
How To Deal With Fleas:
Then the dog chews on him to try to relieve the itching, even taking out hair and drawing blood till a thick, crusty skin develops. Should your dog begin to scratch or bite himself hard, you need to look him over for critters.
The first places to try are around your dog’s belly, his ears, and where his tail meets his body. Move the fur aside and see if you spot any brown insects that are approximately 1/8 inch in length and are flat and oval.
If you surprise a flea, it can move itself inches away by jumping into the air fast, so be alert. Often, you will spot flea dirt stuck in your dog’s fur, even if you don’t spot the fleas themselves. Flea dirt is a term that refers to flea excrement.
Flea Dirt Is Actually Flea Excrement:
It is composed mostly of blood that has been digested and it has a black, crumbly appearance. If you want to make sure that the material you are examining is indeed flea dirt, place a drop of water on it, let it soak for up to two minutes and then smear the dirt on white paper toweling.
If the smear is reddish in color, you will know that you are dealing with flea dirt. Act immediately if you find a flea or flea dirt. The only thing you can do to relieve the suffering of your dog is to eliminate the fleas from its body and from your home.
This problem might mean you need to bathe your dog using an anti-flea shampoo; put such a treatment between his shoulders, give him pills, thoroughly vacuum your whole residence and then use an anti-flea spray on your baseboards.
You don’t have to let your dog suffer as there are lots of safe products on the market today to take care of this. Fleas like cats a lot, too, so give your feline the same kind of attention.
How To Deal With Ticks:
A tick isn’t just a pest. When a tick bites your dog, not only are you going to notice skin irritation on your pet, but due to the amount of germs they carry, there is strong possibility that both you and your dog will get sick. A tick can live on long grass or any shrub.
The sticky residue on their bodies serves as an easy attachment method for the insect to attach to almost any passing animal. They then work their way down the hair to the skin and take ravenous bite. They can suck blood for prolonged periods of time, even to the point of bursting.
During spring and summer months, a dog can pass on whatever infections or organisms with infections that they have on them to others. You may live in a place where the ticks are abundantly found (most of the United States, except the south west part and Alaska).
Take Care When Removing Ticks:
You have to keep watch on your pet for ticks daily, especially in the summertime; at least until the weather cools off. Sometimes, the ticks are found even after these seasons depending on the hotness of the climate. Be careful removing the tick if you find it.
If you and your dog are fans of the outdoors, try to find a product for your dog that will keep ticks from biting into their skin. Talk to your veterinarian about what products they recommend, because there is an influx of new products coming into the market constantly.
Make sure you constantly check your dog from top to bottom every time he comes in from playing outside. Ticks will commonly be found around your pet’s face, eyes and ears, but be diligent about checking everywhere. Also, check the inside of their ears as that is a common spot as well.
Now you are prepared to help your dog be free from ticks and fleas. If your dog does encounter these issues, do not think of yourself as a bad dog owner. These annoying issues are very common and with the above information you can stop the little dead in their tracks. Best Of Luck!