Fleas and Ticks
All dogs may at times have a few fleas, which usually is not much of a problem. But, in some cases your dog may be allergic to flea saliva, which will cause a skin allergic reaction to even just one bite. Also, ticks can be a major problem, in some areas. From ticks your dog may contract tapeworm infestation or Lyme disease.
Some products that can help control flea and tick infestations:
Frontline Plus – Each tube contains fipronil and S-Methoprene which kills flea eggs and their larvae. This is one of best products on market to fight infestation of fleas and ticks. Be sure to use this product as described. This product can make some dogs sick if they ingest medicine.
Advantage – This product works extremely fast on relieving flea infestation. It works by stopping life cycle before it begins by killing fleas before they have time to lay eggs. Advantage is water-resistant, so you can give your dog baths and know he is still protected against fleas and ticks. The active ingredient is imidacloprid. As with Frontline Plus read directions and apply correctly; can make some dogs sick if ingested.
To help heal and prevent skin infections from scrapes or dermatitis and also to reduce fungal growth use topical treatments. You can find Antibacterial topicals in all kinds of forms. There are ointments, shampoos, and sprays. Any type will help as long as it has hydrocortisone.
Some products that can help control bacterial infections:
Septi-Clens Antibacterial Topicals – This product helps to heal skin irritations and minor cuts and also prevents them from becoming infected. As with all medicine please read directions. You may want to cover area where applied with a bandage to prevent ingesting.
Antibacterial Deodorizing Shampoo by Eight In One – This is a great product! You can give your dog a bath and help fight against infection. This shampoo is gentle to your dog’s skin and has added ingredients against infection.
For Worms Your dog can become a victim of several types of internal parasites usually known as worms. Roundworms are most common in puppies. Tapeworms can become a big problem when your dog has a high flea infestation. Treatment for worms usually comes in a pill form that will rid your dog of these parasites.
Some products that can help control gastrointestinal worms:
Drontal suspension is most recommended by vets. This product will help control roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. It is best for puppies and small dogs. The active ingredients are febantel and pyrantel embonate. As with any medication watch your dog for any signs that he might be allergic to medication. If his appetite changes or you notice a change in his bathroom habits, please contact your vet.