Dogs are called man’s best friend. Why? There are a few reasons why a dog makes a perfect pet. They are friendly, provide companionship and security, dogs are fun to have around and to add to the list they help with keeping fit. Taking a walk in the garden with you dog will help you lose some calories and during the winter the dog will come and sit at your feet and keep you warm. Which other pet can do all these for you? A recent study has shown that human beings love dogs more than they love fellow human beings and take care of dogs just the way they care for their children. High percentage of families across the world has a dog as a pet. Now imagine you have such a wonderful companion in your house then it falls ill. It will really affect you. Therefore you need to take care of you dog. Talking of dog diseases the worst enemies of the dogs are fleas. These tiny insects can cause death of you dog.
Your dog can get fleas from other pets or from the environment the dog is living in. Fleas do not fly (they do not have wings) but these small insects have back legs that are very strong enabling them jump from one host to another or from the environment to the host. These small brown parasites love living in a warm and damp environment. Therefore if you live in a warm and damp environment and do not take the necessary precaution your dog is likely to catch the fleas. They are also more common during the summer season. It can be so dangerous for you if your dog brings the fleas in your house because these fleas also bit human beings causing severe itching, skin problems and can as well transmit diseases.
These insects are very annoying to both humans and dogs. The fleas crawling under fur on the skin is enough to cause irritation to the dogs which lead to scratching and itchiness. The hard scratching will cause hair lose thus visible patches. The insects survive on sucking blood from the host. Immediately the land on a host the start to feast. Therefore flea infestation can also lead to anemia which leads to death of the dog. Dogs react differently from the bite. The young puppies and small-breed dogs will become anemic and severely sick due to lot of blood lose. However, some will have moderate reaction. Flea can transmit serious diseases.
It is hard to see the fleas under the fur of you dog. So how do you know that you dog have fleas? Hypersensitivity is the common problem brought about by flea bites. There is an allergic substance in the flea’s saliva which cause the itchiness. The areas that are likely to be affected by the fleas are belly, thighs and tail base. The first thing you will notice if you dog catches fleas is scratching, licking, chewing, biting, skin sores and patchy areas of hair lose. If you see these symptoms you should act quickly to avoid severe illness.
Fortunately, there are things that a dog owner can do so as to prevent or treat fleas. Prevention is always better than cure but flea treatment is also very fast. The best way to prevent the fleas is by ensuring the environment that the dog is clean and using veterinarian-recommended flea preventatives. Brushing the dog regularly will also give you an opportunity to inspect the dogs coat and skin. If you realize that you dog have the fleas the best treatment is by treating all affected hosts. The organic treatments include; dietary supplements, applying essential oils on the dog’s fur, and eliminating the fleas from the dog’s environment. Organic treatment needs a lot of commitment and diligence. Using a flea comb daily can also be used to remove from the dogs coat and skin. Also ensure the dogs beddings are washed in hot water and dried thoroughly to avoid dumpiness.
Do not lose your dog to flea infestation. Take the necessary precaution and have a habit of visiting a veterinary for regular checkup. Comb you dogs fur daily and wash its bedding regularly and dry them well also ensure its coat is not dumpy. Make the people around you with dogs also treat their dogs to avoid your dog getting the fleas from them.