Aside from the common flea, other pests could infest your lovable pet dog. These parasites could cause skin irritation, even death. You need to keep your dog in a safe and pest-free environment to ensure that they will not be infested by parasites.
The veterinarian could help you remove the pests living in your dog’s body and treat any side-effects done by the pests. However, remember you also need to sanitize your surroundings to remove parasite eggs and other stray that could still be around your space, just waiting for another chance to reattach to your dog.
Pest Control Portland has helped a lot of pet owners to remove harmful pests lurking in houses and establishments. They also use safe and environment-friendly methods to ensure that pets and kids are not put at risk, too.
Here are other pests that you need to eliminate to protect your dogs’ health and well-being.
Mites cause skin disease in dogs, called mange. There are two types of mange:
- Demodectic Mange – This is caused by Demodex mites. Symptoms include redness of the skin, hair loss, scaly skin, and lesions.
- Sarcoptic Mange – This is caused by Sarcoptes scabiei mite and highly communicable. Symptoms is very similar to demodectic mange except for the crust formation around the skin.
Mange is non-life threatening but it could cause skin infection and poor appearance of your dog. Humans can also get infected if your dog has Sarcoptic mange. Bring your pets to the veterinarian for immediate and proper treatment.
Ticks are usually found outdoors living on tall grasses, and waiting for a host to attach on. They thrive in warm climate. Same as fleas, ticks feed on the blood of your pets and are carriers of serious illness such as Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is caused by a bacterial specie called Borrelia burgdorferi that is carried by ticks, and then transferred to the dogs. Although symptoms only manifest to about 10% of dogs affected, the pet infected by this bacteria experiences joint inflammation resulting to infirmity. The symptom usually last for three to five days, but then recurs since the bacteria remains in the body of the affected dog. Another concern is the development of kidney problems due to the disease.
Please consult with your veterinarian when you notice your dog to be depressed or inactive for days. Other symptoms are a rigid walk with arched back, sensitivity to touch, and lack of appetite.
You may not think that spiders are harmless to dogs. But some spiders, such as the black widow and brown recluse spiders, are poisonous. Their bites are tremendously painful and could cause paralysis or death. Only antivenin can fight the effects of poison from spiders, so you need to bring your dog to the veterinarian when you suspect spider bites.