Parasites lurk on our quadrupeds
Parasites lurk on our quadrupeds
FLEAS AND TICKS
The wonderful spring time is here, so we can go for longer walks with our pets. The sun is shining, the weather is pleasantly warm, everyone is much happier. You can walk, go on big trips, enjoy a good time. So there is cloudless happiness. For a while....
Be careful, as a multitude of parasites lurk on us, who also activate themselves with the warming time. Protecting your dog from ticks and fleas is essential.
Ask your veterinarian for advice on the innovative, comprehensive solutions currently available!
For example, the very popular flavored tablets or drops that provide complete protection for the animal from the paw to the tip of the nose.
If you swear by the collar, there are plenty of varieties to choose from.
The bites of fleas are not only painfully annoying, but fleas can also be carriers of tapeworms that are dangerous to both humans and animals. In sensitive dogs, the bite of a single flea can cause severe, difficult-to-heal allergic dermatitis (so-called flea eczema),.
- Symptoms: lethargy, fever, weakness, but can be fatal as well.
- Protection: Various Flea and Tick Spot On Drops, Collars
Routine owners start defensiveness even when there is no trace of spring, and fleas and ticks are hiding in nature. They know exactly that protection is needed all year round. The fleas that are accidentally brought into the apartment in the spring and summer feel completely pleasant in the cracks of the floor, hiding in the nooks and the bad weather does not really hinder them from growing and reproducing, as it is warm inside. When they get strong in the spring, they start to crowd, causing only serious annoyance in good cases and even illness in bad cases.
It is important for the dog to wear it at all times as this is the only way to trigger the proper flea-keeping effect. Nowadays, most good quality flea collars are also tick collars. True 2 in 1. Double protection doesn't hurt either, as ticks have been causing more and more problems in many years, in many cases serious illness, and often appear in veterinary surgeries with dogs showing symptoms of babesiosis. Moreover, if you search for it in web stores or on the internet, there is now also a collar against flea tick mosquitoes, i.e. effective fitness against any harmful external parasite. This is important because of heartworms, which are spread by mosquitoes and are very often fatal. However, if a serious illness is preventable, every effort must be made to ensure that the dog is also protected. The flea collar is also available to dogs and cats, it is a relatively inexpensive but very effective method of prevention, at least as important as the tick collar for dogs or even kittens. But how much more practical is it if a single such capability performs both functions, even if you have to pay a little more for it.
FROM THE VERY YOUNG AGE!
Of course, protection against fleas and ticks is important from a young age. Puppies start worming at a very young age, a few weeks old. Similarly, protection against external parasites cannot be expected. A flea collar can also be a good solution for a puppy, but care must be taken not to get the collar stuck somewhere while playing, or to take it off or chew it with your paw.
In each case, read the description of the flea collar carefully, which must include the size and age of the dog.
IF THE DOG HATES THE COLLAR
There are dogs who specifically hate the collar and only wear it for the duration of the walk. For other breeds, the owner wants to protect the coat - for example in the case of show dogs - so he doesn't put any collars on it, the flea collar is also taboo. Moreover, there are owners who can't stand the smell of a flea repellent collar. This aptitude is impregnated with a chemical that effectively repels fleas and ticks, but in all cases it has an unpleasant odor.
In this case, a flea tick against mosquito ticks may be the perfect solution.
These so-called spot-on products have proven to be a very practical solution based on many years of experience. On the one hand, there is no need to put two collars on the ebony, and on the other hand, the odor effect disappears quickly after applying the drops. Another great advantage is that tick flea mosquito drops provide complex protection against all external parasites in all cases, and do not need to be repeated too often, usually every 1-3 months.
As mentioned above, the duration of action of a
drop against a flea collar and a flea tick against a mosquito is also infinite,
as not all products protect against all parasites. Spot-on products have a
shorter duration of action, but can also be used effectively in case of
infection, i.e. they kill adult fleas and inhibit re-infection.
Therefore, before buying, decide exactly what kind of protection your pet needs,
ie only fleas, or fleas and ticks, or even mosquitoes, and check how often the flea collar needs to be replaced or how long it takes for the flea to pass,,when the tick mosquito repellent effects and when to repeat. It is important that the drops are made for dogs and cats with different active ingredients, and it is true that the product for the dog can be dangerous for the kitten. Conversely, it is not recommended, ie even if the puppy drops, do not buy the spot-on product recommended for the cat. In the case of puppies, always pay close attention to product selection!
SOME IMPORTANT DETAILS OF THE PARASITES
Infectious diseases transmitted by ticks can pose a serious threat to our pets and to us.
After walking and hiking, we thoroughly have to examine our dog's body, paying special attention to these priority areas:
- under the collar,
- eye area, eyelid,
- paws, soles,
- mouth, gums,
- around the bottom.
The most important requirement for modern tick control products is to be able to kill ticks before infectious diseases can be transmitted. For example, borreliosis take an average of 48 hours (24-72 hours) to get from the intestine of the tick to the salivary glands and then to the host animal with the saliva.
Ticks are parasites that spread disease-causing microorganisms - viruses, bacteria, unicellulars, and rickettsiae. In dogs, borreliosis, ecchariosis, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis are most commonly diagnosed. Our pets are threatened by the same tick species as us, so we humans can get sick from tick bites.
Tick-borne diseases are severe, difficult and lengthy to treat.
In both animals and humans, permanent damage often remains and their outcome can be fatal.
The adult flea settles on dogs and cats. It is not enough to sting animals, but they can also cause allergic dermatitis through an allergen in their saliva.
Infected animals can become allergic through a series of flea bites.
Allergic dermatitis is the most common skin condition in dogs and cats. It usually requires a long and expensive treatment. In dogs, the first signs are scabs on the skin and itching. Rubbing, licking, and biting lead to thinning hair and developing moist eczema on the skin.
More than 90% of the skin diseases in our pets are caused by fleas. In addition, fleas are intermediate hosts for canine tapeworms, which is also of human health significance.
Let´s take care of our animals. Let's be careful !