Annoying summer guests
How to prevent and combat parasite attacks
Spring, summer – finally we can go outside. Dogs look forward to long walks. Ticks, fleas, worms and other parasites also look forward to new victims that they can use as hosts. The vets from Maxi Zoo, tell you about the most common parasites. It is especially worth knowing that prevention helps!
Fleas are active all year round as they can survive in our heated houses and multiply well in such environment. The most annoying thing is that they multiply extremely quickly and attack most animals and people in a household. A female flea can lay up to 100 eggs a day which develop into full grown fleas within 2 – 4 weeks, also with the capability of reproducing daily. Usually the animal owner doesn’t immediately notice the small, black “dots” that fall out of the fur when they scratch their dog. As soon as they are noticed, you should treat all animals beds quickly and thoroughly. Then you should hoover and clean your house and comb out your pet. For long-term results there are so called development inhibitors which stop eggs from hatching.
As soon as the thermometer hits 15°C, ticks become active. The problem is that these parasites suck the blood of their host. At the same time this can lead to dangerous diseases that can also affect people. Hidden deeply within the fur they are often only recognisable when they have sucked themselves quite full. Therefore it is better to take preventative measures and find out about suitable products.
The right way to remove ticks dogs
Your best defence against ticks is prevention and checking your pet regularly. If your dog does get a tick, the vets from the Maxi Zoo specialist retail chain recommend the following:
- Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible with a pair of tick tweezers, tick remover card or forceps
- Gently pull the tick out in one, steady upwards movement.
- Avoid squeezing, crushing or puncturing the body of the tick, otherwise the insect will release its pathogenic stomach contents into the wound.
- Never use glue, oil or anything similar to remove a tick as again, it will release pathogens into the wound.
Take your pet to the vet immediately if the head of the tick remains stuck in the skin, the wound become infected or symptoms appear.
Worms are around the whole year. The eggs of tapeworms can live for a long time in the cold, and dogs can become infected at any time. Worms and their eggs are not necessary visible at the same time and it is not easy to tell if an animal has worms or not. This is all part of their survival strategy. Only when the host is not too weakened, it provides a comfortable means of existence for the parasite. Regular worming treatments can help prevent them when combined with particular hygiene.
Call into your local store today to discuss your dog’s personal needs with our Maxi Zoo Pet Experts.