Your dog’s worst nightmare? Parasites like ticks, fleas, tape worms and heart worms.
We often take our dogs for a walk, your furry friend enjoys the outside world so much, they like running, rolling around on the grass. We always take out with us when we go out, we take them to the park, mall, woods when we go hiking, even in vet clinics or visiting a friend or a family.
Most likely, they will catch different kinds of viruses, ticks, fleas, bacteria or parasites at some point, and of course, it is inevitable, it will happen one way or another. The question is, should we worry much about all those? Especially parasites? Answer is YES.
Parasites can be easily transmitted by various hosts, when an animal accidentally ingests parasite eggs which are mainly found on soils or if ever they spore on contaminated feces, water, grounds or soil, they would end up having parasites in them. Tapeworms are another kind of parasite, dog ticks and fleas are the carriers.
Dog ticks and fleas are can be everywhere, and it will be around your house too, because you have a dog, there are many ways they can get to your house, first, if your dog got them from the outside or there is a visitor with a dog that has fleas.
Signs and Symptoms of parasite infestation on your pet
A cough is usually a symptoms for heart worms in dog, it is better to take them to your veterinarian for de-worming
They may have frequent, loose bowel movements.
3. If your dog sleeps a lot or wouldn’t want to play
Lower Energy in dogs might mean he has an infection , visit your veterinarian for further assessment.
4. Loss of appetite/loss of interest on their favorite food or treats
You will notice that your dog will not the way he used to. A worm infestation can make them feel bloated so they eat less or worst, they won’t eat all. Parasites can cause them harm, in general.
Your dog would be less playful and happy when the have parasites. He will also feel uncomfortable and irritable because too much scratching or bowel movement can be the main reasons for his sleep deprivation.
If you see these symptoms in your dog, make sure you take observe closely and take him to the nearest dog clinic for further parasite infestation assessment. The earlier the detection, the better. It is necessary to treat the infestation as soon as possible because it might lead to serious health issues, like heart problems because of heart worms, dehydration due to vomiting and diarrhea, he can also have skin and fur infection due to excessive scratching.
I know you always want to maintain your dog’s overall health and we are keen to make sure that they have their proper health care like frequent de-worming with or without parasite infestation, yearly vaccination, proper hygiene and clean dog environment. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure.