Did you know 34% of dogs across the country are infected with gastrointestinal parasites? With summer just around the corner, your dog will be spending more and more time outside, which is why it’s so vital to make parasite protection and prevention a priority.
What to Look For
Being able to recognize the signs of a parasite infestation is crucial to addressing the issue and preserving your canine’s health.
Fleas, the most common type of external parasite, are known to cause irritation of the skin, hair loss and constant itching and chewing. Ingestion of fleas by dogs and cats can lead to tapeworms.
Internal parasites can cause severe issues within the stomach, including diarrhea and vomiting. Dogs that are internally infected may show signs of weight loss, “scooting” across the carpet or grass, as well as the presence of larvae near the anus.
Be proactive in decreasing your pet’s exposure to parasites by taking the following veterinarian recommended steps:
|•||Deworming – Make sure to purchase and give a pet dewormer on a regular basis|
|•||Take in a Stool Sample – It is recommended your veterinarian performs a fecal examination for your pet once or twice a year, or seasonally if under the age of 1 year.|
|•||Maintain a Close Eye on Diet – Never allow your dog to eat raw meat or food that has had prolonged exposure to the sun, or drink water from possibly contaminated sources, like rivers and ponds.|
|•||Flea Prevention – Make sure your pet is on a flea medication to prevent ingestion of fleas|
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