Professor Hobbes & Dr. Winston Adventures Episode 3: Parasites in dogs.
Hobbes & Dr. Winston Adventures
Episode 3: Parasites in dogs.
In this episode of Hobbes and Dr. Winston Adventures, the problem that our dynamic duo found themselves surrounded by was that of dog parasites. Parasitic attacks have been getting more and more common in recent days, and naturally, our curious detectives wanted to get in the roots of the problem. What are the major parasitic species that dogs should be aware of, and what are some natural and clinical remedies for them? Fortunately, Hobbes and Dr. Winston were able to find the answers to all these questions in time and were able to save Nottinghamshire from any large attacks from parasites.
On their adventure to find out all there is about these blood-sucking arachnids, Hobbes and Dr. Winston were truly shocked by the amount of pain and disease they cause annually to our four-legged best friends. This parasite can transmit many diseases such as Lyme disease, rocky mountain spotted fever and ehrlichiosis. Ticks are also known to secrete toxins within their host's body which further deteriorates the health condition of the infected dogs. But Hobbes rightfully noted that it was not all that ticks can inflict on their victim as the skin wounds formed by bites from these pesky pests are highly vulnerable to bacterial infections due to the weakened state of the host's immune system.
As mentioned earlier, ticks are parasites that suck on the host's blood to absorb nutrients from it. It is vital to remove the tick. Otherwise, it might lead to severe blood loss and infection. Our detective doggies interviewed many vets to figure out how to remove the tick. The procedure suggested by them was quite straightforward and simple.
Take a tweezer or buy a tick remover tool, attach it as close to the dog’s skin as possible and twist the tick off your dog using it. Make sure to pull all of the tick body and leave nothing on the dog as it can lead to infection. The vets also told our detective duo that owners must wash their hands and the affected area on their dog with alcohol to kill any bacteria.
The risk involved with tick removal is that owners should be careful not to leave any part of the tick, especially the head, on their dog, as it can lead to severe infections.
During their research on parasites, Hobbes and Dr. Winston came across another mean fellow named flea. Fleas are also parasites that live on the dog's body and take their nourishment from their host's blood making them ectoparasites. Fleas are also known for causing serious diseases like flea allergy dermatitis, Anemia, and Bartonellosis. It is vital for owners not to leave the flea problem in their dogs as the flea population can bloom in no time, and it might even go out of your control.
Common remedies of flea include aliphatic medicines prescribed by vets as no fast-acting natural remedy for fleas exists.
As they were to conclude their investigation, our detective doggies were hit by another foe yet again. This time they were confronted by worms. Parasitic worms are organisms that generally live inside a host and take nutrients from them. And in turn, they hurt their host by producing dangerous chemical compounds that can make them seriously ill. These include
- Small strongyles
- Large strongyles
There is only one actual treatment of worms, and that is to deworm your dog. Worms are usually treated through deworming, a process in which the parasites are killed by medical agents known as Anthelmintics, also known as de wormers.
How to detect whether your dog has worms or not?
During their extensive research, our duo of detective doggies found out that many experienced dog owners avoid taking their dogs to the vet to check whether they are suffering from parasites or not. Those owners told Hobbes and Dr. Winston that instead of using harmful chemicals on their dogs, they prefer to check their dog worms present in it. Dog owners can send their dog’s poop to the lab for a full worm count to determine if their dog actual needs a de worming treatment.
Natural remedies for parasites
Most dog owners give their dog medication to deal with the above-mentioned issues. With or without the dog actually having any parasites onboard. The dog detectives came across a group of people that like to use natural products to prevent an infestation or only give their dogs chemicals when needed. These people felt overuse of chemicals might have many side effects? And long-term damage. As an alternative they use natural products and testing to help with this issue. Hobbes and Dr. Winston made a list of some of the natural products used.
- Pumpkin seeds
- Grapeseed oil