Seasonal Pests

Did you know that fleas are not only annoying but they can also be dangerous to your dog?

Fleas are more than just insects that bite and suck your dog’s blood.  Yes, fleas can also transmit diseases to your dog!

The most common and annoying disease caused by fleas is flea allergy dermatitis. Some dogs are allergic to the flea saliva and just one bite will cause them to be miserable. Dogs with flea allergies will scratch resulting in hair loss and skin lesions. I’ve seen some dogs itch until their skin was raw and bleeding from just one flea.

Another disease fleas can transmit is tapeworms. Fleas cause tapeworm infections after a dog ingests a flea that carries a tapeworm larva. After ingestion, the tapeworm larva continues to develop in the dog’s gastrointestinal tract. When developed, the head of the tapeworm will attach to the intestinal wall and small egg filled segments periodically break off and are passed out the rectum.

The best way to prevent both of these conditions is to prevent the fleas! There are many safe and effective preventative medications on the market for just this purpose. These products can be a bit expensive, so it is always good if you can get them before the snow melts so you are ready for the spring, summer and fall walks in the park. Frontline is one of the top flea and tick control products and is recommended by many veterinarians.

Approximately 35,000 species of insect have been recorded in Canada. Some examples of insects in Canada include a wide variety of moth and butterfly, notably the Monarch Butterfly. Mosquitoes, cockroaches and other ‘pest’ insects are also widespread. Canada has a few poisonous spiders including the Black Widow and Brown Recluse Spider.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Fleas

CLICK HERE to learn more about Ticks that can do more harm to your dog and can spread to the rest of the family if not found on your dog early enough.  Learn more about the affects of Ticks and how to avoid them in your nature walks.

Heartworm is just another pest that you have to worry about nowadays with your dog.  Starting in 1977, Canadian dog owners were told to test their dogs for heartworm every year before beginning heartworm preventives.  Is it really necessary?

I say “YES”, the overall prevalence of heartworm in Canada dropped from 1.31 percent in 1978 to .16 percent in 1998.  The explanation for this significant change is not known for certain.  it could be the result of a successful test-and treatment program, or it may reflect a natural decline in the incidence of heartworm in the canine population.

Whatever the reason for the decline, we should still be pro-active when it comes to our dogs.  Infected Mosquitoes spread the infection of Heartworm. To learn more about Heartworm please read http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/hw.html .  Visit your vet to learn about medication that you can purchase to make sure your dog is not affected by this tiny pest.

Parasites are another problem that your dog has the chance of getting in the spring, summer and fall.  Many foreign animals pick up the parasites and when they come to Canada they spread it to our dogs and other pets.

Cocciodosis is just one of these deadly pets, please read up on it so you will have a healthy, happy pup/dog.

http://www.beaglesunlimited.com/beaglehealth_coccidiosis.htm

http://www.crownvet.com.au/coccidiosis

Giardia is another parasite that you need to be aware of, please read up on it. http://www.priory.com/vet/giardia.htm                                             http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_giardia.html

Please inform yourself about these pests and you will have a healthy, happy pup/dog.  If you suspect that your pet may have a parasite, take them to the Vet immediately for testing and treatment.

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