Puppies and dogs alike require regular maintenance and medical attention. This includes providing them with the prescriptions needed to help combat fleas and worms. Varying brands suggest different treatment windows but as a basic rule of thumb, your puppy or dog should receive fleas and worming treatment between every 1 and 3 months for their entire lives.
It is often an expense that new paw parents neglect to take into consideration, but it is vital to keep on top of regular treatments in order to avoid serious complications.
How do I know if my dog has fleas?
The most common signs of fleas in dogs are:
- Excessive itching or biting the skin
- Hair loss
- Visible eggs on the fur
- Scabs and sores on the skin
Flea infestations can cause excessive itching which can rip and damage your dogs skin. This can also lead to bacterial infections which in extreme circumstances, could pose a long-term threat to your dog’s health, let alone the discomfort they will be in!
How to treat fleas in dogs
Step 1: treat your dog
There are two methods involved in effectively treating your dog for fleas. The first being regular “spot-on” treatments. These can be purchased via your vets, online and from a typical pet store. The frequency required is always detailed on the packaging, depending on the brand and the dosage is dependant on your dog’s weight.
This type of treatment will kill adult fleas and stop them from causing any long-term health issues for your four-legged friend.
Step 2: treat your home
The second stage is only required annually. Specialised sprays are available from vets, online and pet stores which is designed to be used around your home. Fleas develop in warm, dry places; bedding and carpets are key harbouring grounds for them. To protect your home, spray it with a household spray that will last for up to 12 months.
“…fleas develop in warm, dry places.”
Worming treatments for dogs
There are many types of worms that can affect a dog’s health and infect them with zoonotic diseases which can be passed on to you and your family.
It is therefore essential to ensure you properly worm your puppy to avoid harm to both your health and theirs. It is recommended that you worm at two, four, eight and 12 weeks of age to keep your little one happy and healthy and then monthly from then onwards. Before you pick your puppy up, ensure that you check that a course of worming has been started.
You should also talk to your vet for further advice. We recommend that you always discuss worming and flea treatment with your vet before going ahead with any course of treatment.
How do I know if my dog has worms?
Some of the symptoms of worms in dogs can include:
- Diarrhoea or vomiting
- Extreme coughing
- Lethargy or unusual tiredness
- Weight loss
How do treat worms in dogs
Much like regular flea treatment, your dog also requires a regular worming treatment. There are numerous options available for getting a regular worming treatment into your dog. These can come in the form of injections or tablets. Most paw parents opt for a regular monthly or bi-monthly worming tablet and break it up into food or serve as a treat to make it more inviting for their dog. Always seek guidance from your vet before deciding on a course of treatment.
Both fleas and worming treatment doses are based on your dog’s weight, they frequently come in packs of more than is required for one dose so you always have some left for the following month.
Why is it important to provide fleas and worming treatments?
As you can see, flea and worm treatments should always be given to prevent your pet from becoming seriously ill. If you suspect that your pet is suffering with either type of parasite infestation, it’s important to contact your vet and allow them to advise on the best treatment for your dog.
“…worm your puppy to avoid harm to both your health and theirs.”
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