Monday, June 18, 2012

Symptoms of heartworms in dogs

It is fairly simple to notice flea infestation on your dog. What is more, once you get about it and are conscientious, it is fairly easy to get rid of it, too. However, there are other different parasites your pet may be infested with, which can lead to severe health problems and which, alas, are not that easily noticeable.

One of such parasites is heartworm. It is transmitted by parasites and, once it has invaded a pet's body, it may take it up to two years before any symptoms are visible. To make things worse, over the first six months no symptoms whatsoever are detectable, even in the vet's lab. Most often, the larvae settles in the heart and only once it has matured will any signs be noticeable. If, although rarely, the larvae end up in unusual areas, such as the eye, brain, or an artery in the leg, different results may be spotted, eg. blindness, seizures or lameness.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Flea and tick control for dogs

Flea and tick control is vital for anyone who wants to lead a bug-free life. You may not be aware of how easy it is for your dog to get fleas. Be it a stray cat, a neighbour's new puppy, a racoon, whatever that walks over your yard and spills one female flea that later recklessly reproduces in your garden, and you have a flea problem at your door.

Naturally, fleas need proper conditions to develop. They like heat, so no wonder that we suffer from flea infestation mostly in the summer months. It does not mean, however, that you need not worry about fleas or ticks in winter. Actually, according to specialists, there are only about 40-45 days in the year cycle when we can totally forget about these pesky creatures. And these days vary dramatically as far as the region is concerned, so you'd better be on your guard.