Parasites are a difficult problem that many pet parents face when owning a dog. Parasitic infestation is not only a nuisance to pet and owner; it causes your dog great discomfort. Itching leads to your dog scratching to find relief, and this leads to irritation and open wounds. Identifying the parasites is the first step in helping your dog. Contact your local Rockford-area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home if your dog has a parasite problem so he can prescribe the appropriate treatment plan.
Ticks can be a real problem for dogs, especially if you live near or frequent an area of woods and trees. Ticks are arachnids just like scorpions, spiders and mites. They grab onto their host while walking past a bush or tree where the tick resides and holds onto the animal in hopes of getting its next meal. Because the tick carries disease, it can be a toxic situation for your pet.
As a pet owner, educate yourself on what ticks are and their appearance. They are small but do come in various colors. The tick has four pairs of legs, a tiny head, a flat body and no antennae. Once they have fed on their host, they become puffy, which puts your dog at risk.
When looking for ticks on your dog, skim over the top of the pet’s fur lightly with a flea comb. Do not be too aggressive in the process or you will squash the tick that may be present on your dog. Doing so can cause bacteria from the tick to get into your dog’s bloodstream, causing illness or disease carried by this parasite.
If you do see a tick on your dog, carefully use tweezers to pull it from your dog’s skin. You must be sure to grab it by the head to get it completely out and not risk the transmission of the bacteria into your dog’s body.
Use rubber or disposable gloves when doing this to protect yourself from the effects of this intruder. Place the tick in some rubbing alcohol to be sure it dies and then clean the dog’s affected area with a disinfectant. Rub some antibiotic cream or ointment on the spot where the tick was removed.
If your dog did have ticks that you removed and any of them were engorged in size with blood, be sure to call your veterinarian. Because they do carry diseases such as the Lyme disease, you will need to have your veterinarian examine your pet and plan a further treatment plan if necessary.
If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at – Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists
For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO – 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 – Petco or your local PETSMART – 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 – Petsmart -PETLAND, (815) 332-4200 – Petland
For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations – 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 – 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 – 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 – 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 – CVS Pharmacy
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