Not A Parasite In Sight

Having pets is so rewarding but it's often an uphill battle. Just as you solve one issue, another one crops up and the cycle will continue throughout the life of your pet. From ear and eye infections to itches and scratches, as a pet owner you have to be prepared and willing to sort these issues as they come along. One of the biggest challenges you’ll face comes in the form of another animal entirely; a parasite. For dogs in particular there are loads of different parasites which can cause issues. So, as a good owner, you need to work hard to ensure your furry friend doesn’t have to suffer with them. To help you out, here are three of the most common parasites you’ll find living on dogs. 

Worms are very common in dogs. Some parasites live inside the dog’s stomach and throughout their digestive system. You can usually tell when your dog is affected as their appetite increases and they scoot (quite comically) along the floor. Other types of worms such as heart and lungworm are on the increase in the UK and can actually be fatal for dogs. For this reason you should be looking for the best worm treatments you can. If you're unsure, speak to your vet who will be able to give you the best treatment for the species of worm your dog is dealing with. They need to be on a schedule, you could mark on a calendar or set a reminder for their next dose of tablets, this is usually every three months.

Fleas are probably the most common parasite found on any pet. And for dogs, these little creatures can cause a lot of pain. With each bite, fleas will leave a small but painful area. The dog won’t feel the bite as it happens. But, they will certainly feel it after a couple of hours. Some dogs are allergic to flea bites which will of course make matters even worse. To avoid this sort of discomfort (and prevent your home from getting infested) you need to act fast as soon as you spot fleas. Dogs will often become very itchy when they have fleas so the scratching is an obvious sign, some will bite at their skin and left untreated make the skin raw and bald in that area. When they start scratching, it’s time to look for the best flea control for dogs you can find. Make sure you're treating both your dog and your home with the right products.

Ticks are members of the spider family and can often be found in long grasses, so if you walk your pooch in meadows, woods or any kind of wild land you're at risk. Ticks are one of the most common spreaders of Lymes disease which can affect both humans and dogs and can be extremely harmful to health. If you can avoid long grasses on walks then do so, but if you do then give your dog a check over for ticks. They must be removed properly as if the tick is carrying Lyme's disease, damaging the body or mouthparts could increase the chance of it being contracted. You can also buy tick treatments which can be administered at the same time as worming tablets to make everything nice and easy.