We need to talk about Parasites!! 

Dogs will undoubtedly contract parasites of some description in their lifetime. 
If your pets are kept up to date with flea and worm treatments then this shouldn’t become an issue but even with the best of prevention, this can still happen. Yuck! 

Fleas and worms are a dogs most common enemy. Fleas are pesky little creatures with a powerful will to survive and they can multiply! Unfortunately as the weather becomes warmer, fleas tend to appear in great numbers. They live in long grass, sand, wildlife, sheds, outbuildings and in your local park. There they hatch and lie in wait for the vibration of your pet running past to be their new host. 

If your dog is unprotected then the flea will attach itself to your pet and start the breeding and feeding process. The life cycle of a female flea is 2 years and in this time she will produce around 1000 eggs. That’s pretty scary if you have just a couple fleas in your home. Imagine 5 females or more. Scary!! 

This is why it’s so important to check your dog for fleas regularly, they can be a real nuisance to get rid, once they find their way into your home. They live in carpets, bedding, upholstery and even in-between floorboards. 

The ingested of fleas can also infect pets with Tapeworm which is why it’s sensible to treat for both parasites at the same time. Some dogs are allergic to fleas and can develop a nasty rash from the bites and continued scratching. However, not all dogs will scratch excessively with a flea infestation so make sure you check your pets fur once a week. To check your dog for fleas brush or comb the fur back on your dogs coat, you are looking for small black specks. This is flea poo. You can find out for certain by combing some of this on the a white piece of paper and adding a little warm water to the specks. If they turn pink or red then your dog may indeed have fleas. This method is handy to use if your dog has dark fur or skin where the droppings would be hard to detect. 
Regular dog grooming can help kill fleas and other parasites living on the skin and fur. Flea shampoos and treatments are available if you ask for them.
Fleas can be prevented by using regular flea medication, regular hoovering in your home, using a damp cloth on surfaces and keeping bedding and soft furnishings laundered. Remember, flea eggs can lie dormant for many months in your home during time of inactivity or during colder weather. 
Make sure your house is thoroughly treated too! Flea medications for your pet and sprays are available at your local veterinarian or chemist. These treatments are the best to use and are very effective. 
Let’s have a pleasent, flea free summer!  

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