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Dog GroomingCommon Parasites in Dogs

What are Ticks?

Ticks are small parasites that suck the blood of your dog and can transmit serious diseases which may be contractible by humans as well as other animals. A tick can be picked up by a dog running though tall grass or under trees, and it attaches itself to a host by burying its head into the skin.

Removing Ticks

  1. Using special tick removing tool, extract the tick from the skin, ensuring that the entire tick is removed
  2. Bathe your dog
  3. Apply an antiseptic treatment to the affected areas of the skin to aid healing and prevent infection
  4. Apply a spot-on or other prevention aid to protect from re-infestation.

What are Fleas?

Fleas are wingless insects with mouth-parts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. External parasites, fleas jump from host to host and are common to many animals including dogs and cats. Fleas will also live in fabric and animal bedding and will feed from humans as well as animals.

95% of a flea's life cycle takes place, not on your pet, but in its living quarters. This means that beds, kennels, blankets etc will all need to be treated as well as your dog's coat, in order to prevent re-occurrence. 

Removing Fleas

  1. Treat your dog with your chosen treatment to kill fleas

  2. Remove all dead fleas and larvae from your dog's coat using a flea comb

  3. Apply a suitable repellent to prevent re-investation

  4. Treat your house, car and all areas where your dog has been to remove larvae and fleas from your home

What are Intestinal Worms?

There are four types of intestinal worms that are a risk to dogs in Ireland, roundworm, hookworms, whipworm and tapeworms. Worms can spread easily through ingestion of eggs or from mother to puppy. Identifying may not always be easy, but left untreated they can cause serious health problems for your dog. 
Using a regular worming treatment (every 3 months) will help protect your dog from infestation. Speak to us today about the right treatment for your dog. 

Note: Most puppies contract roundworm from their mothers and treatment should start from 6 weeks to remove them.

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