These parasites feed on blood, causing itching and irritation. Some dogs are allergic to the bite (flea bite dermatitis) which can cause hair loss, skin infections, and inflammation of skin. One flea bite can last up to 10 days. Some medical problems caused by fleas are:
Tapeworms (intestinal parasite)
Skin conditions (inflammation, irritation, and infection)
Death with heavy infestations
There are 4 life stages in the life cycle of a flea:
Treatment for fleas include 3 different forms: preventing reproduction, halting the development of larvae, and killing the adult fleas. When treating, you will want to include your pet, house, and possibly yard.
These parasites are known carriers of dangerous diseases to both pets and humans. They transmit organisms that cause illnesses such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis,Babesiosis, and Tularemia. There are many different types of ticks and if they are on your pet, you want to get rid of them immediately. There are topical and collar products that your pet can wear to prevent ticks, but make sure to read all packaging labels before applying the product to your pet. The most effective product we know of is Parastar Plus.
This parasite can be a source of deadly viruses and other medical problems such as heartworm disease. Heartworm prevention is necessary once a month, all year long. It only takes one mosquito to infect an unprotected dog. Each year there are almost 300,000 dogs infected with heartworm disease. This disease can cause heart and lung damage and even death.
Symptoms of heartworm disease: Coughing, lack of energy, labored breathing, dry coat, and weight loss. However, in the first stages of heartworm disease the dog may not show any symptoms at all. This is why we recommend a heartworm test every year for the life of your pet.
Intestinal parasite transmitted by ingesting infected soil or fecal matter or by microscopic larvae penetrating through the pads on a dog’s feet. This parasite can be contracted by humans and animals.
Symptoms: Weight loss, anemia, and bloody diarrhea
Intestinal parasite transmitted by ingesting infected soil, fecal matter, or by eating infected animals such as rodents. This parasite can be contracted by humans and animals.
Symptoms: Diarrhea, vomiting, stunted growth, rough coat, and bloated belly
Intestinal parasite transmitted through ingestion of the eggs, usually through fecal matter. This parasite can live in the soil for up to 20 years.
Symptoms: Diarrhea, anemia, dehydration, and loss of appetite.