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Getting The Facts On Fleas, Ticks, Heartworm And Kennel Cough

Mar 28, 2008
The most widely accepted external parasite treatments currently available for pets are Frontline, Advantage, Revolution and Bio-Spot. These well-known dog and cat flea treatments provide one month of solid protection.

Imidacloprid is the key ingredient in Advantage Flea that works to destroy the flea's nervous system, rendering the flea paralyzed and quickly ending its life. 98 to 100 percent of the fleas die within the first 12 hours of application.

Brands like Frontline flea and Advantage flea killers have almost instant results and long lasting protection. Your pet need not suffer due to fleas if the treatment is on hand. All you need to do is choose the best dog or cat flea medication for your situation.

Ticks, also known as mites, are external parasites that feast on the blood of birds and mammals, and reptiles. Of the five common ticks in North America, the American dog tick is the best known.

The scary part is that ticks are only one step behind mosquitoes in transmitting diseases to people. Ticks can spread diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, equine encephalitis, and ehrlichiosis to humans. They also spread diseases amongst livestock, as well as our beloved pets.

Wood ticks are another kind of mite, living in the Rocky Mountains. Dog tick treatments include tick collars and dogs' flea/tick shampoos. For effective tick control, dogs should be checked in tick season (warm weather = more ticks) and if a tick is found, it should be removed entirely. If you are not careful, part of the tick may be left in the wound, increasing the likelihood of infection.

As opposed to tick-borne diseases, heartworm is mosquito-borne; the heartworm larvae are deposited by the mosquito in the new host. The parasites enter multiple steps before reaching maturity When heart worms mature into adults, they make their way to feed off the blood in the heart. This can cause symptoms including coughing, difficulty breathing, and ultimately heart failure.

If the disease is caught early enough, there are treatments available that may prevent the death of a pet from this parasitic disease. Interceptor for dogs is one such treatment, which also tackles hookworms and ascarid infections in one fell swoop.

Another common infection that your dog may experience is kennel cough. This is a very contagious strain of bronchitis that often spreads in places like kennels, where dogs are near many other dogs. Fortunately, kennel cough can be treated with antibiotics and prevented altogether by a timely vaccination for canine adenovirus, distemper, parainfluenza, and bordetella.
About the Author
Dog enthusiast Rebecca Foxton can help you protect your pet's health with Frontline Plus. She is a contributor on the recognized site www.dogbuffs.com with her series of posts on Advantage Flea Control.
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