Summer Dog Dangers: Parasite Prevention
In our last two articles, we covered the basics of keeping your dog safe in summer and preventing dehydration. Dogs are part of the family, and you likely want to take your dog everywhere with you this summer. However, parasites and other unpleasant things lurk in the bushes and creeks where your pup likes to frolic. Therefore, in addition to protection you pet with a Canine Liability policy, take in the following advice to prevent parasites in your dog this summer.
What are the dangers of parasites?
Internal and external parasites can threaten pet health and comfort in many ways, ranging from minor irritation and discomfort to debilitating, life-threatening diseases. That’s why it’s important to protect your pet against parasites, including fleas, ticks, heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, Giardia and coccidia, explains Diamond Pet.
Another thing to consider: year-round prevention is far less expensive and stressful than treating a pet who is infected with any of the above-mentioned parasites.
Ask your vet.
Depending on your location and the lifestyle you and your pet lead, different dangers can be present. Consult with your vet about what dangers lurk in your area and how you can keep your pet (and yourself) protected year-round.
Keep an eye out.
Behavioral changes and loss of appetite and can signal parasitic infection. However, not all signs are easy to read.
For example, adult intestinal parasites aren’t always seen in stool, and both immature and adult heartworms are found in blood. Sometimes parasite eggs or larvae hide quietly in the intestinal wall until activated by stress. Internal parasites may cause diarrhea, vomiting, obstruction (a blockage in the intestines), lethargy, poor general appearance and weight loss, explains the article.
Bring in stool samples.
It might not be pretty, but bringing in fresh fecal samples to your vet can allow them to test for parasites. Their microscopic finds can tell you which ones your pet has and how to treat them.
Give preventative medication.
Products such as Heartgard and Nexus can be given year-round to prevent your dog from getting parasites. In addition, you can give your pet topical or oral flea and tick prevention medication. Your dog will thank you!
Clean up pet waste.
Ingesting stool is a common way that dogs get parasites. Clean up after your pet quickly, and keep an eye on him as he roams dog parks and trails to ensure he doesn’t eat something he shouldn’t.
During the summer, it’s important to consider your dog’s comfort and overall attitude. Remember, an uncomfortable dog, one that is not feeling well, or one that is suffering from scorched paw pads or dehydration might react adversely to an otherwise regular scenario.
There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.