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External Parasites External parasites are abundant in the environment, so you should not be surprised if your dog plays host to a group of them. They can cause all manner of misery for your pets, from mild itching to serious skin disorders and infections. Therefore, you should take swift action to eliminate such pests. Mites Dogs can get mites as early as within seventy-two hours of birth, while nursing. The life cycle of a mite is between twenty and thirty-five days, and the mite spends all of that time on the dog.

Heartworm Disease Heartworm is one of the first things your dog (if she is older than six months) will be tested for when you take her to the veterinarian. Once a blood test returns a negative result, your dog will be started on preventive 32 The Angell Memorial Animal Hospital Book LOVE MAY NOT BE THE ONLY THING IN YOUR DOG’S HEART PREVENTING AND TREATING HEARTWORM DISEASE Heartworm disease is caused by a parasite that is becoming more common. While dogs and other members of the canine family (wolves, foxes, and coyotes, for example) are the primary hosts, other species can also be infected, including members of the cat family, muskrats, raccoons, bears, ferrets, and sea lions.

Insect growth regulators (IGRs) control the fleas by killing flea larvae and eggs, thus interrupting their cycle of development. These products won’t kill adult fleas, but they decrease the flea population by stopping their development. A common oral product is lufenuron. Given monthly, lufenuron is combined with heartworm prevention in a product called 40 The Angell Memorial Animal Hospital Book lufenuron/milbemycin. Lufenuron can also be given as an injection that lasts six months. Methoprene and pyriproxifen are also very effective insect growth regulators and those are available as sprays or collars.

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A Pet That Fits

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