Common Parasites Found In Dogs And What To Do

Fleas And Ticks

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Fleas and ticks are facts of life for dogs. Sometimes we don't realize there is an entire universe of life out there on the insect and even microscopic level. Some things can be benign, but fleas and ticks are two examples where tiny things can cause discomfort and illness. For example, fleas bite your dog and feed on their blood, which can be dangerous in terms of actual blood loss, especially for puppies. These bites can also cause an allergic reaction, itchiness, irritability, abrasions from scratching, infections, and more. Unfortunately, ticks also feast on blood and are looking to your dog's nice warm fur coat for the perfect place to set up a home. Prevention and observation are critical here. Watch for signs of lethargy or excessive scratching, and be sure to check over your dog's entire body after every romp outdoors. If you do find evidence of either insect, do not panic. There are plenty of topical medicines that can help with fleas, while ticks need to be physically removed from your dog's skin. Don't forget to disinfect the site and your hands afterward.

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