A good veterinarian will help you with many different concerns you may have about your pet from the appropriate diet, to the appropriate vaccinations, their general health and any behavioral problems you may experience with your pet. Therefore, it's important to find a vet you feel comfortable with in caring for your pet. This article gives you some pointers on & Read more �
The Truth About Ticks
Ticks are Not Insects
Ticks are eight-legged, wingless parasites related to mites and spiders. ticks do not fly or jump; they wait for a host to brush against them.
Even Immature Ticks Suck Blood
There are four stages to the tick life cycle: egg, larva, nymph and adult. The larva, nymph and adult all & Read more �
Dental plaque, which is composed of bacteria, saliva and cellular debris, builds up on the enamel of the teeth. When plaque accumulates with food particles, it becomes hard, thick and yellow -- or calcified -- and is called tartar.
Giardia is a microscopic parasite that lives in the intestines of many domestic and wild animals. The parasite is shed in the feces and can survive in moist areas, particularly stagnant water and animal waste. If people or animals ingest contaminated water or food or touch and accidentally ingest infected animal waste, they may develop a serious intestinal infection. Your & Read more �
The most common flea to infest dogs is Ctenocephalides felis, the cat flea.
The flea life cycle begins with the adult female flea living on the dog's skin. She bites the dog, lays her eggs, and these eggs drop off the dog into the environment. Eggs hatch in 1 to 10 days (depending on environmental conditions) into free-living larvae. & Read more �
Most people know that a dog's hearing is more sensitive than humans', but they may not know that the nature of the sounds dogs hear is also much different.
Dogs hear much higher tones. Even the most sensitive people can't hear above 20,000 cycles per second, while some dogs can hear above 45,000. The "silent whistles" sometimes used to signal & Read more �
Fleas are Born on Your Dog
Flea eggs are laid on your dog, then roll off wherever your dog spends most of his time ... your carpeting, your pet's bed, your bed, your sofa and other areas you may or may not be aware of.
Most Fleas are Immature
Over 95% of the flea population is immature -- & Read more �
The tick, a relative of the spider, is a common external parasite. Ticks carry a number of diseases including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. They can cause serious health problems for both you and your pets. Tick infestations can be controlled with available products using an integrated program focusing on your pet, your home and yard.
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Do not use any of the "mythical" methods of removing ticks such as petroleum jelly, cleaning fluid, burning matches or cigarettes. These may irritate the skin and kill the tick, making it difficult to remove intact. Ticks are difficult to remove because their mouth parts are barbed. They also secrete a glue & Read more �