Brisbane Flea And Tick Treatment
As pet owners, we have all either experienced our dog with fleas or ticks, or we have heard some horror stories of a friend or relative’s pet getting them. Apart from your pooch scratching all the time and potentially spreading these evil creatures everywhere they can be of a serious health concern to not just your canine, but the whole family.
Fleas On Dogs
Out of all the parasites that your doggy comes into contact with, the flea is the most common and are tiny little creatures and measures around 1-2 mm in length. These nasty suckers can live for up to 14 days and spend half of that laying eggs (around 40 eggs per day!). Their eggs are tiny little white specs measuring about 0.5 mm long, after hatching into small larvae they burrow into whatever they can whilst they develop into pupae. The most common areas are your carpet, bed, the doggies bed, and the It's coat.
The pupae will lie dormant for a number of weeks and even months until the conditions are right for them to wake up and jump onto a ‘host’, i.e. you family pooch! Then they simply start the cycle all over again, considering how many eggs they lay, for each flea on your pooch there could be hundreds of eggs around your home.
Just because you can't see the fleas that doesn’t mean you won't know that their there, some signs of fleas on dogs are persistent scratching or even excessive licking or grooming. This can lead to bald patches on your pooch or thinning of the hair in certain places. Some canines can even develop an allergy to fleas, leaving their skin red and raw with scabs.
Regular flea treatment shampoos will help to prevent an infestation in your family pet. Our highly experienced dog grooming staff are well trained on the identification and symptoms of fleas, make sure you speak with them once in your location to get any advice or help.
Ticks On Dogs
Ticks are parasites that come from the spider family instead of the flea family. Their only objective in life is to find a ‘host’ and feed on its blood supply. The three main ticks we have to worry about in Australia are the Paralysis Tick, Bush Tick, and Brown Dog Tick. During the feeding stage, it’s bite causes significant irritation and discomfort to your pup, the most dangerous type is the Paralysis Tick, these nasty creatures will secrete a neurotoxin that can be fatal for dogs. All ticks also have the potential to contract nasty diseases and give them to your family pet such as anaplasmosis and babesiosis.
Knowing the basic and common symptoms of a parasite bite on your dog is essential to ensuring your pooch gets the correct treatment. There many ways to combat a tick bite but we find the best way is to keep preventative measures in place. During our hydrobath for dogs, we can apply a range of tick and flea preventative measures.
When your canine gets bitten by these creatures, they burrow their mouth into the skin and begin to feed on the blood supply. This feeding process will undoubtedly cause irritation and extreme discomfort causing your pet to excessively scratch and bite the affected areas. Due to the small size of the ticks, they are often hard to spot at first, however as they continue to feed they increase almost 3-4 times their original size.
Fortunately our trained staff have seen many of these during their dog grooming careers and are well versed in the necessary steps for finding those nasty pests, they can recommend the correct treatment and a full recovery, some ticks can be taken out with a trained hand and the right tools, however others will have to be referred to a qualified VET.
Our main focus is preventative measures, during the hydrobath we can apply specific tick and flea preventative treatments to discourage them from using your pooch as a host, speak to our trained staff on the day for any options and specific treatments for your pampered pooch.