Often you can hear the popular saying "there is no dog without a flea." Indeed, blood-sucking parasites are private companions of dogs. And it may seem that on any walk the dog can almost certainly catch a flea, which means that fighting with them, and even more so, taking any preventive measures is pointless.
Indeed, relatively recently, there were simply no means to protect dogs from blood-sucking insects, and they had to put up with them. But today, this dangerous stereotype is outdated. First of all, you need to realize that fleas and other ectoparasites, including ticks, are far unsafe "guests" in dog hair. Consequently, they can and should be fought, moreover, it is necessary to ensure the prevention of ectoparasite bites as much as possible.
Fleas: Anemia, Allergy, and Infections
Fleas are blood-sucking insects, from which one of the dangers associated with the defeat of these ectoparasites is anemia. Of course, a single flea bite can not cause serious blood loss, but the real risk of developing anemia is still present in puppies and small dogs with significant insect infestation.
In addition, fleas can be carriers of dangerous diseases, and their saliva can cause an allergic reaction in a dog. Another serious problem is dermatitis, which develops when an infection is added to the skin. Some fleas can serve as carriers of helminth eggs.
Ticks: pyroplasmosis and borelliosis
A tick bite always causes serious discomfort for the dog. Tick saliva, like the secretion of the salivary glands of other blood-sucking insects, can cause an intense allergic reaction. In addition, trying to get rid of the sucking tick, the animal can comb the place of the bite and introduce the infection into the wounds.
But the biggest danger is the high probability of a dog becoming infected with life-threatening diseases: pyroplasmosis, borelliosis, Lyme disease. Yes, not every tick is infected, but epidemiologists have every reason for concern: every year the level of infection of ticks with dangerous infections is growing.
Of course, if the appearance of fleas in the hair of a pet or a tick bite could not be prevented, measures should be taken to eliminate ectoparasites. If you have fleas, you can use a suitable flea shampoo for the animal. If a tick is found on the dog, you should carefully remove it and be sure to contact the veterinarian as soon as possible, taking the parasite with you: this may be necessary for an accurate diagnosis and timely treatment, if necessary.
But it’s better to prevent ectoparasites from biting the dog. It is impossible to limit walking a healthy dog - they have a hygienic role and provide the dog with opportunities for his physical activity. Therefore, the best solution is to carefully protect the animal from blood-sucking insects with the help of special preparations. For example, with the help of the Dana Ultra series. This is a line of drugs that is not only possible, but even recommended to be applied in a comprehensive manner.
The combined use of drops at the withers, collar and spray according to a scheme specially developed by veterinarians will help ensure maximum protection for the pet. Moreover, due to carefully selected concentrations of active substances, the likelihood of an overdose and with it harm to the health of the dog is excluded.
In the recent past, when the ability of dog owners to protect their pets from blood-sucking insects was limited, they really had to put up with regular invasions of fleas and tick bites. However, today there is an opportunity to reliably protect your pet, and such protection is really necessary for his comfort and health.
Vera Antonova, doctor of the Center Veterinary Clinic on Tsvetnoy Boulevard.