Treatment of dogs for fleas and ticks
Treatment of dogs from ectoparasites is a mandatory measure designed to protect the pet’s health. Bites of fleas, ticks and mosquitoes not only bring discomfort to the animal, but also create the risk of infection with infectious diseases.
There is a myth that it is enough to process a pet 2 times a year: in spring and autumn. In practice, processing from ticks should be carried out from snow to snow. Ticks are activated as soon as the average daily temperature exceeds + 5 ° С, which can happen even in winter in our climate. There are also known cases of bites at temperatures below zero: in the area of heating mains. A dog can become infected with fleas at any time of the year, regardless of temperature. Therefore, it is better to carry out treatment from parasites all year round.
All parasites living on the surface of animal skin and feeding on blood are referred to as ectoparasites. These tiny creatures are equipped with peculiar attachment organs (bristly legs, claws, etc.), with the help of which they cling tenaciously to the fur and move along the surface of the body.
Parasites are divided into temporary and permanent. Temporary after the bite are detached from the victim, and the permanent use the animal as a home.
The most “popular” ectoparasites of dogs are fleas and ticks. It is the responsibility of every caring owner to protect his pet from them.
Dog treatment for ticks
What is dangerous for a dog ectoparasite bite?
– The bite brings discomfort. Bite sites can itch and hurt, thereby causing stress to the animal.
– Feeling discomfort, the dog combs the bites, and the wounds become the gate for bacterial infections.
– A large number of bites leads to blood loss, which weakens the animal’s immune system.
– And most importantly: the saliva of an ectoparasite may contain infectious agents and invasions. Thus, every ectoparasite bite is a serious risk of infection.
The danger is that the disease after a bite develop very quickly. Sometimes the manifestation of symptoms stretches for several weeks, and sometimes passes flash: in just a few hours. If you do not start treatment in time, the animal may die.
In order not to put a pet at risk and not to doom itself to significant expenses (for example, the treatment of piroplasmosis 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): “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 present level of the pet industry, it is easier than ever to protect the pet from parasites. For this purpose, a full range of remedies has been developed: shampoos, collars, spot-on drops, chewable tablets (popular reliable lines of anti-parasitic products: Frontline, Tri-Act, Prak-Tik, Bravekto, Nesgard, etc.). You can buy them at any pet store. Most anti-parasitic drugs have a wide spectrum of action and provide protection not only from fleas and pests, but also from mosquitoes, lashes, etc.
When treating your 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 treatment must be repeated. If it is wrong to calculate the dosage or to violate the frequency, 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 dacha or outdoor recreation, be sure to wash it with antiparasitic shampoo (for example, Bio-Groom). This will help destroy the ectoparasites that your pet may have infected. And after that, provide further protection: with the help of drops, collars, sprays or tablets – of your choice.
Antiparasitic drops are applied 2 days before washing or 2 days after it!
To protect against ectoparasites, it is sufficient to use one reliable means for permanent protection. Combining sprays, drops, collars and tablets with each other is not recommended. However, each drug has its own characteristics and recommendations for compatibility. Carefully read the instructions!
Be careful and take care of the health of your pets: piroplasmosis is definitely out of place!