Ticks and Fleas

Dogs are susceptible to parasites like ticks and fleas (arthropods and insects that feed on the blood of their hosts)—be it a Chihuahua, Maltipoo, Yorkie, Poodle, Pomeranian, etc. Infestations are not only annoying for dogs but are also very dangerous since these carry potential infections along with mild to severe itching and skin problems.

Dogs that have fleas tend to scratch and bite themselves especially in areas such as the head, neck, and around the tail which cause their skin to become red and inflamed. The dog may lose hair, get bald spots, exhibit hot spots due to extreme irritation, and develop infections that result in smelly skin.

Treatment for fleas should begin soon after detection. There are many topical products that can be used for this purpose like sprays, dips, and rinses.

On the other hand, ticks often attach themselves in crevices and/or areas with little or no hair like around the ears, where the insides of the legs meet the body, between the toes, and within skin fold. They stay attached to dogs’ skin until they finish sucking blood from them. Ticks are known vectors of diseases like fever and lethargy, tick paralysis, Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever anaplasmosis, and babesiosis.

Ticks should be removed carefully from a dog’s skin by pulling it straight out using tweezers while wearing gloves. Dispose of ticks properly.