About dog fleas
We’re all familiar with fleas. They are, by far, the most common parasite found on dogs. These small, dark brown insects make their homes in the warmth of your dog's fur and feed on your dog's blood. Flea bites can bring almost unbearable discomfort to your dog, making your pet scratch until his fur falls out and his skin is raw.
Symptoms of dog flea infestation
Unlike ear mites, fleas are large enough to be seen with the naked eye. Pull back your dog's fur, and you may see them scurrying for shelter. Fleas are easier to see on light-colored dogs. But even if you can’t see fleas on your dog, there are telltale signs:
- Your dog will scratch incessantly
- Red and inflamed areas may appear on your dog's skin
- Fine, black debris may be seen on your dog's skin and stuck in his fur. This is actually a mixture of dried blood and other flea debris.
Dog fleas can easily jump onto another pet – or onto you. Fleas can spread disease and trigger an allergic reaction, particularly among older, weaker dogs. They can harbor the eggs of tapeworms, spreading them. Dog fleas are more than just a nuisance: they’re a real health risk to your dog.
About dog ticks
Ticks are parasitic arthropods that feed on the blood of their hosts. They are attracted to warmth and motion, often seeking out mammals – including dogs. Ticks tend to hide out in tall grass or plants in wooded areas waiting for prospective hosts. Once a host is found, the tick climbs on and attaches its mouthparts into the skin, beginning the blood meal. Once locked in place, the tick will not detach until its meal is complete. It may continue to feed for several hours to days, depending on the type of tick. On dogs, ticks often attach themselves in crevices and/or areas with little to no hair – typically in and around the ears, the areas where the insides of the legs meet the body, between the toes, and within skin folds. Most species of ticks go through four life stages - eggs, larvae, nymphs, and adults. All stages beyond eggs will attach to a host for a blood meal (and must do so on order to mature). Depending on species, the life span of a tick can be several months to years, and female adults can lay hundreds to thousands of eggs at a time. The following types of ticks are among the most common seen in North America:
- Deer Tick
- Brown Dog Tick
- Lone Star Tick
- American Dog Tick
The dangers of ticks
Though they are known vectors of disease, not all ticks transmit disease – in fact, many ticks do not even carry diseases. However, the threat of disease is always present where ticks are concerned, and these risks should always be taken seriously. Most tick-borne diseases will take several hours to transmit to a host, so the sooner a tick is located and removed, the lower the risk of disease. The symptoms of most tick-borne diseases include fever and lethargy, though some can also cause weakness, lameness, joint swelling and/or anemia. Signs may take days, weeks or months to appear. Some ticks can cause a temporary condition called “tick paralysis,” which is manifested by a gradual onset of difficulty walking that may develop into paralysis. These signs typically begin to resolve after tick is removed. If you notice these or any other signs of illness in your dog, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible so that proper testing and necessary treatments can begin. The following are some of the most common tick-borne diseases:
- Lyme Disease
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
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