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DogHealth & Hygiene

Health & Hygiene

Fleas

Unfortunately, even with spotless homes and the cleanest of pets, fleas are something that can be a problem for every dog, and in addition to being irritating to the skin, if left untreated they can cause severe problems not only for your dog, but for the other residents of your home too!

Symptoms of Fleas

  • Frequent scratching, particularly on the lower back, above the tail
  • Inflammation of the skin
  • Restlessness and distress

Treatment of Fleas

The first thing to remember about treating for fleas is that you must also treat the environment in which your dog is living so his bed, his kennel, his favourite chair, all need to be treated.

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If you discover fleas, a multi-treatment programme is recommended which includes:

  • Wash the dog's coat with a flea bath
  • Treat your dog regularly with a preventative flea treatment
  • Apply a full home flea treatment to your dog's living quarters this may also mean that your home needs to be treated in full
  • Flea larvae may also become infected with tapeworm, so when treating your dog for fleas, you should also treat for tapeworm

Remember Fleas can lay as many as 20 eggs per day, and up to 500 in their lifetime, so early frequent preventative treatment is recommended.

Worming

There are five intestinal worms or parasites - that can affect your dog. They are roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms and heartworms.

Symptoms of Worms

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Itching around the anus
  • Blood in feces
  • Worms in feces
  • and show a generally unhealthy appearance

Treatment for Worms

Preventative treatment is recommended for all dogs and regular dosage of worming tablets is advised. Veterinary treatment may be required if your dog becomes infected.

Grooming

Despite many misconceptions, dog grooming is not about pampering your dog. Every dog, regardless of its coat type will need regular grooming to ensure his ongoing health and wellbeing. Dog grooming involves regular washing and brushing of the dog's coat, assist the dog to shed his coat and cleaning eyes and ears and keeping nails trim, while it also facilitates checking your dog's skin for irritation or infection, and will allow the identification of symptoms of allergies, infections or dietary requirements.

At Petmania, we carry a full range of at-home grooming products, while our fully qualified dog groomers are available to assist you in ensuring the on-going health and wellbeing of your dog. For more information, or to book your dog for his next groom, see our Grooming Studio.

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