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Get Straight Up Facts On Fleas, Ticks, Heartworm And Kennel Cough

May 9, 2008
Most popular these days are the spot-on treatments such as Frontline, Advantage, Revolution and Bio-Spot. These brands of pet flea treatments all provide a month of guaranteed 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 such as Frontline flea and Advantage flea killers have nearly immediate results and long lasting protection. If you have this treatment available, your animal shouldn't suffer from flea discomfort. You just need to pick a good flea medicine for your pet's current situation.

External parasites that live off of the blood of mammals, reptiles, and birds are often referred to as mites and ticks. While there are 5 species of ticks in North America, the America dog tick is the most widely known.

As far as disease transmission to humans goes, ticks come in at a frightening second place to mosquitoes. Everyone knows that Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness, but ticks also spread Rocky Mountain spotted fever, equine encephalitis, and ehrlichiosis. They also transmit diseases found in pets and livestock.

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.

Heartworms are life threatening internal parasites that are transmitted by mosquitoes. Before becoming adults, the parasites must go through several stages. They enter the blood stream as larvae. Once mature, the heartworms move to the heart to survive off of the blood supply. Symptoms like coughing and difficulty in breathing may ensue, and the outcome of an untreated heartworm infestation is the heart failure of the host animal.

Effective disease treatments are available for your pet, but only if it is caught early enough. One treatment available for dogs that also takes care of hookworms and ascarid infections is Interceptor.

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 defend your pet's health with Frontline Plus. She is a staff writer on the recognized site www.dogbuffs.com with her series of posts on Advantage Flea Control.
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