Parasites can cause your pet a variety of discomforts, illness or even death if the necessary precautions are not taken. The most common are fleas, ticks, lice, mosquitoes and mites externally and different types of worms internally. They are also highly contagious and can spread to other animals and also to people.
Let's take it one step at a time: there are more than 2,000 types of fleas and they are capable of infecting your pet quickly, as they can leave up to 30 eggs a day on their skin. This parasite bites animals to feed on their blood and can cause itching, wounds and, in more extreme cases, alopecia or anaemia.
Ticks also feed in this way, although they cling firmly to the skin of our dogs or cats. They are capable of paralysing part or all of the body if no action is taken against them and can also transmit diseases that can even cause death. They are usually located on the neck, ears or groin and to remove them, it is necessary to apply a repellent to stun and gently remove them.
There are more than 2000 types of fleas and they are capable of infecting your pet quickly, as they can leave up to 30 eggs a day on their skin.
As for mosquitoes, the most dangerous is the phlebotomine sandfly, as it can transmit leishmaniasis. It causes skin and kidney lesions, nosebleeds and can even cause arthritis. The older the dog, the more likely it is to become infected, as its immune system is less able to cope with the disease.
Other parasites can be lice or mites. The latter often cause mange, which, as well as being intensely itchy, causes dry skin and a strong odour. In addition, some of them often take refuge in the animal's ears, so it is also common for them to cause otitis.
What products can be used to prevent parasites?
Anti-parasite collars: They release chemical substances that keep parasites away and are usually effective for a long period of time, from approximately 4 months to 6 months. It is not a recommended option if we have more than one pet at home, as they can be toxic if they come into contact with their mouths. One of the best options are the Scalibor collars which, as well as protecting against ticks and fleas, keep mosquitoes of the phlebotomus genus at bay for up to 12 months. Seresto collars are also recommended, as they are effective for approximately eight months.
Anti-parasite pipettes: These should be applied to the pet's skin, not the coat, and protect for 1 to 3 months, depending on the brand. They usually protect dogs against fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, sandflies, stable flies and lice. Advantix or Frontline are good choices.
Sprays, shampoos and lotions: They work both to eliminate parasites and to prevent your pets from becoming infected. In addition, in the case of shampoos, you will also prevent the care and hygiene of your pet, another important factor in avoiding having to deal with parasites.
Pills: Although there are some for eliminating external parasites, which usually have an effect of about three months against them, this format is often used to eliminate those that are internal, which are usually worms or worms. However, it is best to consult your vet before administering this product, as they are more potent medications.
What else can I do to prevent external parasites?
Keep your belongings clean: Wash their bedding, towels, toys, water dishes, etc. on a regular basis.
Brush your pet: Checking your pet's coat will make it much easier to identify if it is suffering from parasites.
Check its coat after walks, especially if you walk in rural areas or forests: These are areas where it is easier for your pet to become infected, so it is advisable to check its coat, especially its ears, groin, tail and belly.
Always pick up the faeces: It is very important to always pick up the faeces to avoid the risk of contagion between dogs.
Go to the vet: A good check-up is an excellent way to rule out illnesses. They will also recommend which product is most effective against parasites and, at the same time, safe for your pet's health.
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