Scratch, scratch, scratch . . .
This is the horrible sound of a dog with fleas and ticks! These little critter are uncomfortable AND unhealthy for dogs. They are especially common on pets this time of year because like eFURRYbody else, we spend a lot more time outdoors (where these critters like to hang out). And lets not rule out mosquitoes as antogonists in this drama.
BUGS can cause the following illness in dogs and cats of all types:
Copied from WEBMD.com - Probably the most common thing is, when these fleas are feeding, they’re injecting saliva into the skin. These salivary proteins are often allergenic and animals end up with allergy. The most common skin disease of dogs and cats is what’s called flea allergy dermatitis, where they bite and scratch and lose their hair. It can take only a few fleas for this allergy to become a problem.
If you have a lot of fleas, since they’re blood-sucking insects, especially if you have puppies, pets can become anemic and even die with heavy infestations. Fleas also commonly transmit tapeworms to our pets, at least one species.
With ticks, there are a dozen to 15 or more tick-transmitted diseases that our pets get from ticks. There’s Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia,ehrlichiosis, and more. Many of these diseases can kill pets.
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