Common Pests in Dogs

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Help, Vampires attacking my dog!

Caught your attention didn’t I? Good news is, the above scenario can only happen in nightmares or movies, so you can be sure that your dogs won’t get bitten by vampires and turn into vampire dogs.

Bad news is, we have actually three very common pests in Singapore that are rather vampire-like, meaning they need to suck blood from your dog to stay alive and produce more little pests. Even more worrying is that these pests not only cause irritation and vital blood loss, they can transmit deadly disease to your dog during their blood sucking session!

What are these pests?
By now, experienced dog owners would have guessed right, they are ticks, fleas and mosquitoes!

Ticks are especially of concern to Singaporean dog owners as they are fast coming becoming the top reasons for dogs falling sick, transmitting viruses, bacteria, and protozoa, generally termed tick-borne diseases.

Below are 5 important reasons to protect your dogs from ticks and tick-borne diseases
1. Your dog’s comfort and happiness
Tick-borne diseases can cause dogs to suffer. Below are some of the signs they can cause; if your dog is experiencing any of these, it’s important to call your veterinarian right away.
• Fever
• Lethargy/Tiredness
• Loss of appetite
• Weight loss
• Enlarged lymph nodes
• Joint pain or difficulty walking 2. Your dog’s ongoing health
Some of these diseases can leave dogs with lasting health problems.
• While antibiotics can help with some infections, medication can’t always get rid of the infection completely. Some dogs can become sick all over again, even years later.
• Effects of some tick-borne disease infections can be lasting; for example, Canine Ehrlichiosis may cause blindness. 3. Your dog’s life
Tick-borne diseases may sometimes kill dogs.
• Canine Babesiosis for example, can result in potentially fatal…...

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