Dog Flea Treatments That Are Sure To Work

puppy with fleasFleas are always a problem for people who have dogs. They are very difficult to deal with and almost impossible to remove entirely. When selecting just the right flea treatment for your pet and your home, there are a number of things to keep in mind.

Additionally, it  is helpful to understand the life cycle of the flea in order to choose a treatment or combination of treatments that will truly be effective.

Flea Lifecycle

The life cycle of a flea is approximately four weeks. During that time span, it goes from egg to larva to adult. The adult lays eggs, and multiple fleas begin this process all over again. There are lots of flea products that will kill adult fleas, but they have no effect on the eggs. These kinds of products can have no lasting effect. You may exterminate mass numbers of adult fleas only to have them replaced by new adults in a matter of hours.

Fleas in the home

In addition to this challenge, you must also realize that just eradicating fleas on your dog is not enough. Fleas also lurk about in cracks in your woodwork and on soft, textile surfaces such as upholstered furniture, carpeting and drapery. For this reason, it is very difficult to get rid of all of them. You will need to treat both your dog and your home.

The first thing you should do is wash your dogs bedding and vacuum your whole house completely. Following this up by defogging the house with a strong flea product will help tremendously. Be sure to read and follow all instructions on the defogging product to be sure of maximum safety.

When it comes to battling fleas on your dog, there are many choices in products. You can select from spot-on products, collars, sprays, powders, medications and injections. These type  of products disrupt  the fleas’ life cycle and prevent the hatching of eggs. These approaches can be very effective. By combining a number of different approaches, you have a far better chance of making a strong impact on your flea population.

Of course, all of the flea remedies mentioned so far depend strongly on toxic chemicals. Many people do not like the idea of exposure to fleathese chemicals. Luckily, there are quite a few natural ways to deal with dog fleas. You must remember that if you use these methods you should do them consistently and in an ongoing manner. One treatment will not do anything.

Natural Flea Repellents

You can make your dog unattractive to fleas by adding garlic powder to his food. Brewer’s yeast is also unpalatable to fleas. Adding a bit of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water will also have this effect. Talk with your vet about the correct amount of these supplements to add to your dog’s food and water. Garlic can be toxic to dogs, so  you certainly do not want to overdo it.

In the right amounts, these additions repel fleas and boost your dog’s immune system to provide him with natural defenses against all manner of problems.

You can also treat your dog topically for fleas. Bathing your dog with standard dish soap will kill adult fleas on the dog. Finish up his bath with an apple cider vinegar rinse. Oil of basil added to the rinse is also effective in repelling fleas.

Fleas are a very challenging problem for dog owners. If you have a dog, you must be constantly alert to this problem. It takes constant and consistent efforts to rid your dog and your home of fleas. Follow the tips presented here for the best results in staying flea free.

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Dog Training: What You Need To Know

training your dogIf you have a dog, you know that they can be a lot of fun, but they can also be quite a challenge. Training your dog at an early age can be the difference between an obedient and easy dog and a rebellious one.

So where do you go, and how do you go about making sure Fido is properly trained?

First, you will want to make sure you begin training your new dog as soon as possible. You can opt to do it yourself, or you can enlist the help of a professional dog trainer. There are also classes that you can enroll in so that you’re part of a group who participates in dog training.

There are two main types of dog training: obedience and behavioral. For the behavioral training, the goal is to help prevent bad habits or teach your dog good ones. Many dogs develop these bad habits as a puppy, but some can do this over time.

Either way, this form of training helps the dog to learn which things are wrong and which are acceptable. Some examples would be the dog jumping on furniture, chewing things up, and begging at the table.

It is important that your dog understand when he or she does something wrong, and that they are rewarded with positive reinforcement when they do something right or listen to your commands.

With a little bit of patience and time, your dog should be able to modify his behavior.

For obedience training, the dog will learn commands that you give him. This could include sit, stay, or simply the word “no.” These educational lessons should be short, no longer than about ten to fifteen minutes each time.

This way, your dog does not become distracted or bored, and he or she knows when it is time to listen. You can train your dog before meal time that way they will associate eating a delicious meal with training, and see it as a reward.

Always use your dog’s name when you give it a command. This way, he knows you are directing your words right at him. Then, simply speak the word clearly, one word at a time.

Try to avoid getting angry or frustrated. Always remember that teaching a dog these commands can take some time.

Once you feel like your dog is ready to put his new training into practice, you can take him out and see how he does in a public setting. Take him to the dog park and try out a few commands.

If he responds, then the training has become a real success. If he does not, you might want to consider some more training.

Learn to tell your dog NO when he is doing something wrong, and always say “good boy” in a pleasant and sweet voice when he listens to you. This kind of reinforcement is good for dogs and helps to bond them with their owners.

With a little practice, you will have your dog listening to you and behaving in no time.

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Strongyloides Westeri Threadworm

Strongyloides westeriAffectedAnimals:
Horses.

Overview:
Strongyloides westeri is a parasite that has been associated with diarrhea in nursing foals approximately 10 to 14 days old.

When a foal nurses from an infected mare, parasite larvae are passed from mother to foal in the milk. In about two weeks the larvae mature and produce eggs that the foal passes into its feces, sometimes as diarrhea. Foals infected with this parasite are usually only minimally affected, and develop a resistance as they age. Grown horses usually have no symptoms of infection.

In order to treat the disease, worming medications are given to both mare and foal. Foals should receive immediate veterinary medical attention if they have diarrhea accompanied by sickness and dehydration, or develop diarrhea while they are not nursing. In these cases, Strongyloides westeri is probably not the underlying cause of the symptoms.

Clinical Signs:
Strongyloides westeri usually has no clinical manifestations. A foal may suffer from mild to severe diarrhea about two weeks after birth, during the time it begins to shed Strongyloides westeri eggs. However, even infected foals usually remain bright and alert, and continue to suckle milk from mares according to Charlotte’s Saddlery.

Description:
Strongyloides westeri is a parasite that usually infects nursing foals. When a foal nurses from an infected mare, parasite larvae are passed from mother to foal through the milk. In about two weeks the larvae mature and produce eggs that the foal passes in its feces, sometimes as diarrhea.

The larvae may also infect the foal by crossing the placenta. Foals usually become resistant to the disease by four months of age. While some grown horses maintain a low-level infection, they rarely manifest any symptoms.

Some adult horses become infected after the infective larvae penetrate their skin or oral mucous membranes such as the gums.

Diagnosis:
A veterinarian may use a fecal flotation examination in order to diagnose Strongyloides westeri by looking for eggs in the feces of a foal.

Prognosis:
Good to Excellent.

Transmission or Cause:
Strongyloides westeri parasites are passed as larvae to a nursing foal through an infected mare’s milk. Adult horses may become infected if larvae penetrate either the skin or mucous membranes such as the gums.

Treatment:
Deworming the mare soon after giving birth with a dewormer such as ivermectin will help reduce the numbers of worms that are passed to the foal in the milk or prevent the passage of the larvae altogether.

Foals should be dewormed at three weeks of age with a medication that is effective against Strongyloides westeri, especially in areas in which the disease is endemic.

Prevention:
Mares should be dewormed soon after giving birth in order both to reduce the number of worms passed to a nursing foal in its milk and to prevent any other passage of the larvae. Foals should be dewormed at three weeks of age, especially in areas where the disease is common. Ivermectin is one common worming medication.

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