Unfortunately, even with spotless homes and the cleanest of pets, fleas are something that can be a problem for every dog. In addition to being irritating to the skin, if left untreated they can cause severe problems not only for your dog, but for the other residents of your home too!
Symptoms of Fleas
- Frequent scratching, particularly on the lower back, above the tail
- Inflammation of the skin
- Restlessness and distress
Treatment of Fleas
The first thing to remember about treatment for fleas is that you must also treat the environment in which your dog is living. Check their bed, their kennel, their favourite chair; this all needs to be treated.
If you discover fleas, a multi-treatment programme is recommended which includes:
- Wash the dog’s coat with a flea bath
- Treat your dog regularly with a preventative flea treatment
- Apply a full home flea treatment to your dog’s living quarters. This may also mean that your home needs to be fully treated
- Flea larvae may also become infected with tapeworm, so when treating your dog for fleas, you should also treat for tapeworm
Remember Fleas can lay as many as 50 eggs per day, and up to 2000 in their lifetime, so early frequent preventative treatment is recommended.
There are five intestinal worms or parasites that can affect your dog. They are roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms and heartworms.
Symptoms of Worms
- Weight loss
- Itching around the anus
- Blood in faeces
- Worms in faeces
- and show a generally unhealthy appearance
Treatment for Worms
Preventative treatment is recommended for all dogs; and a regular dosage of worming tablets is advised. Veterinary treatment may be required if your dog becomes infected.
Despite many misconceptions, dog grooming is not (all) about pampering your dog. Every dog, regardless of its coat type will need regular grooming to ensure his ongoing health and wellbeing.
Dog grooming involves regular washing and brushing of the dog’s coat. It also assists the dog in shedding its coat; cleans the eyes and ears; and keeps the nails trim. In addition to this, it facilitates checking your dog’s skin for irritation or infection; and will allow the identification of symptoms of allergies, infections or dietary requirements.
At Petmania, we carry a full range of at-home grooming products. While our fully qualified dog groomers are available to assist you in ensuring the on-going health and well-being of your dog. For more information, or to book your dog for its next groom, see our Grooming Studio.
All dogs should be routinely vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus. Dogs that regularly attend shows or stay at boarding kennels may also benefit from being vaccinated against Kennel Cough.
When to Vaccinate?
Puppies receive some immunity from their mothers, both via the placenta, before birth and in the first milk. However, this immunity fades rapidly from 6-12 weeks of age so your puppy should receive his / her initial vaccination from 8 weeks of age.
A primary course of vaccinations involves two injections, two weeks apart, and will immunize your puppy for its first year.
Your puppy should be kept indoors for at least 1 week after its last injection, in order to avoid exposure to infection before your pet is fully protected.
Regular annual booster vaccinations are essential to ensure your dog’s immunity and to protect against diseases.
Your vet will provide you with a record of vaccination, showing the vaccines that have been administered to your dog, and the dates that the next booster is due.
Oral Hygiene & Your Dog
Keep your dog smiling with daily dental care
Did you know that three out of four pets show signs of oral disease by the age of three? Unfortunately, this means more than just bad breath! It can involve both painful gums and loss of teeth which can make it difficult for your pet to eat.
Gum Disease & Associated Illness
Untreated, the gum disease can result in your dog being more prone to other illness; in particular heart, liver and kidney problems.
Signs to Look Out For
Bad breath, bleeding gums or signs of sensitivity in the mouth can indicate dental problems. If you are concerned about any of these symptoms you should consult your vet immediately.
Daily Dental Care
- Use a canine toothbrush and toothpaste to clean your dog’s teeth daily (note: human toothpaste is toxic to dogs).
- Dental chews fight tartar build-up and plaque. They also freshen breath and help maintain healthier teeth and gums.
- Flossing your dog’s teeth prevents tartar build-up and cavities. Liquid floss & flossing toys are available in-store.
- Annual dental check-ups by your vet are also recommended.