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Fleas, Ticks 7 Mites - by Ruff Spot Grooming

Fleas, ticks and mites are extremely common pests, and any dog can become infested with these parasites. Take reasonable preventative measures and deal with any outbreak immediately.

Fleas can jump from one animal (or human) to another, seeking a warm place to live. Fleas can make your dog extremely uncomfortable and can pass along tapeworm eggs. Your dog also may be allergic to flea saliva, increasing the discomfort and causing him to scratch or bite himself.

If your pet is scratching or appears to be in discomfort, a simple examination should detect the presence of fleas. The best course of action is to consult with your veterinarian. There are a number of treatments available including dips, powders, sprays and even medication to be taken internally. Clean his sleeping quarters thoroughly and any other areas he frequents (donít forget about the car). Thoroughly vacuum the area and treat with a spray product designed to eradicate fleas.

Ticks, on the other hand, infest high grasses, shrubs and trees, where they wait for a potential host animal to pass by. If your dog spends any significant time outside in this type of area, he's at risk for picking up ticks. Ticks feed on the host's blood and can transmit a variety of diseases (including Lyme disease carried by the deer tick) as well as cause significant discomfort.

The best way to discover ticks is through physical examination. Check your dog when he comes indoors after period of outdoor activity. Get into the habit of checking for ticks whenever you groom your dog as well. Ticks that have embedded themselves resemble a small wart in your dog's skin. Clean out your pet's sleeping area frequently and have your dog treated with a medicated dip at your vet's office.

Mites are tiny, often microscopic, parasites found in the ears that are closely related to ticks and spiders. They burrow under and feed upon the host's skin, causing a condition known as mange. Treatment varies with the type of mite causing the infestation, but usually involves a medicated dip. If your dog appears to have irritated patches of skin or seems to be in some discomfort, see your vet to determine the cause. Treatment requires thoroughly cleaning the ears and applying a special preparation to kill the mites. Check with your vet for specific recommendations.

If you suspect that your dog may have a flea, tick or mite problem and are unsure what course of action to take, don't hesitate to visit your vet. Exercise care if you treat the situation yourself. Consult your vet for a recommendation on the proper dog product.

Brought to you by RUFF SPOT MOBILE PET GROOMING. Contact Heidi at 698-RUFF(7833) or email at her ruffspot@sympatico.ca

 

 

 

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