Dog Parasites - Flea - Mites - Lice - Ticks

Unfortunately for your dog there come from time to time unwelcome guests seeking lodging and food inside your dogs coat. These pesky critters can cause discomfort and in extreme cases injury and death.

Dog Fleas: Fleas can live in house carpets and covered furniture but usually contracted from time spent outside or with other animals. They are usually only an annoyance for most canines. There are a number of shampoos, medicines, and topical creams and applications that can get rid of smaller to medium infestations. In some cases fleas have caused allergic reactions, have transmitted disease and even caused anemia.

Dog Lice: Lice can infest dogs by the thousands. This will cause severe itching and discomfort. The dog will need veterinary intervention to get rid of them.

Dog Mites: This parasite causes an illness that is called mange. Demodectic or "red" mange causes small and hairless, irritated patches on the dog's coat. Sarcoptic mange or "scabies" produce extreme itching along with hair loss. Mites sometimes also enter the ears of the dog where they cause a big amount of discomfort and unavoidably produce bacterial infections. A veterinarian must treat mites as soon as possible.

Dog Ticks: If your dog has ticks remove them with tweezers. Try to avoid touching the fleas as they can transmit disease to humans. Ticks can be killed by immersing them in alcohol. It's a good idea to check your dog for ticks after you have taken a walk in the woods. Deer ticks can transmit Lyme disease, and this can lead to neurological and cardiac failure.

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