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Win the War against Parasites

 03/12/2021

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Help Your Dog Win the War against Parasites

Every pettt lover who adores dogs is due to their affectionate qualities and abundant joy. A dog seems to be unconditionally happy in their life at every moment and provides complete happiness to their pet parents in response. Four legged buddies are the cause of happiness and well-being in homes, but when he suddenly feels unwell, it becomes a concern for all the two legged friends of him.

Worms are the most well-known infection in a dog. As animals have tendencies to be out and play in the dirt, they reach the most favorable place of the parasitic worms. Hence, it is important for all pet parents and dog lovers to understand such an infection, and more importantly, how to battle and win the war between parasites and dog.

To win any battle, preparation is a must.

So, let’s have a good preparation to battle with these nasty harmful parasites and help your dog to win the fight!

To know more about our dog opponent is a basic way to set for battle. Here we have some details about our dog opponent viz; Parasites.

To begin with, we should characterize what a parasite is. It is clear and simple.

The Centers for Disease Control and Preventionsummarizes it: A parasite is an organism that lives on or in a host organism and gets its food from or at the expense of its host.

As per the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), numerous canines will be contaminated with parasites sooner or later in their life.

Types of Parasites in Dog

Parasites in dogs have two categories that every canine lover should be aware of: Internal Parasites and External Parasites!

Parasites which are in the form of worms and can easily be transferred in various ways living inside the body are Internal Parasites.

The most commonly observed parasites like Flea & Ticks and rarely Ear and Mange Mites which can land up or crawl up and feeds on the dog’s blood are External Parasites.

Internal Parasites:

· Heartworms

· Roundworms

· Hookworms

· Tapeworms

· Ringworms

· Whipworms

External Parasites:

· Flea

· Ticks

· Mites

· Lice

Internal Parasites:

The most common types of intestinal parasites in dogs are roundworms and hookworms, intestinal parasites are usually ingested by dogs and affect a dog’s gastrointestinal tract.

These internal parasites can cause a serious health condition, and pet parents should always be watchful and give on-time treatment. Parasitic infestation can lead to blindness, anemia and even possible sudden demise.

External Parasites:

The most common types of external parasite that affects dogs are Fleas & Ticks. Dogs can get fleas, while playing outside in open areas, bushes, tall grasses and in the dirt. Ticks attack the dogs when they come in contact with infected animals or places.

These external parasites are very irritating to dogs and affect their skin and can cause serious diseases like Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, and rocky-mountain fever. It can make your pet’s life miserable.

Symptoms Of Parasites

The existence of parasite infection in dogs depends on the types of parasite. Every pet parent should have annual preventions for fleas, ticks, and worms. An external deep inspection for fleas or ticks, especially after going outside is an easy way to detect parasites residing on your pet. Make an appointment with your local vet, if your pet shows the below symptoms:

  • Distended abdomen
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea, with or without blood or mucous
  • Loss of appetite
  • Decreased activity
  • Scooting
  • Worms or segments visible in the feces
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing

Health Care and Prevention of Parasites In Dogs

Taking care of parasite infection before it comes, is a perfect beginning! Preventing your dog with ways that protect them from fleas, ticks and worms will keep them away from having healthcare problems. Treatment for parasites depends on the type of parasite infection. Always consult a vet to choose the right treatment as they have examined the pet’s health and can help you to treat your pet with the best effective treatment. GI (gastrointestinal) parasites can detect by fecal testing in most cases, but not in all. Sometimes fecal test could not confirm the presence of parasites; therefore always use deworming according to the vet’s advice.

In cases of internal and external parasites, skin hotspots, severe itching, dehydration and infections can take place. Consult your vet and take the best effective treatment along with the perfect medication to kill the parasites and help your Dog to Win the War against Parasites!

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