Parvo Virus / Katgriep in puppies
The Need To Protect Your Yorkie From Ticks, Fleas
Never take ticks and fleas lightly. Your Yorkshire Terrier faces an enhanced risk of skin infections unless protected from these parasites. Intense itching causes him to scratch his body. Ticks and fleas suck the blood of your dog, raising the risk of anemia and blood infections.
The saliva of these parasites carries an anticoagulant that may cause continued bleeding from the dog’s skin. With worsening itching, the dog is more likely to scratch or even bite his body, causing injuries and bleeding. This makes your Yorkie prone to skin infections, and his coat loses its sheen.
Unless you protect your Yorkie from ticks, he is more likely to suffer from Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, flu-like bacterial infections, canine anaplasmosis, and other contagious diseases. Many of these are likely to transmit to humans from an affected dog.
The continued presence of ticks and fleas raises the risk of tapeworm infestation in your dog. These parasites are likely to enter the body of your Yorkshire Terrier when he is licking or biting the infected area. Inside a dog’s body, fleas create conditions for tapeworms to develop and grow.
If allowed to remain attached for more than 36 hours, a tick can transmit parasites to your pet, increasing the risk of infectious tick-borne diseases. Here are some tips to protect your Yorkie from ticks and fleas with minimum effort.
Tips To Protect Your Yorkie From Ticks, Fleas
Keep the Environment Clean
Don’t focus on treating allergy or infection associated with ticks and fleas, but make an all-out effort to prevent them from infesting your pooch’s body. Keep your home and garden clean. Vacuum clean the home once a month to stay clear of parasites. Make sure your carpet, clothing, and dog’s bedding remain free from these parasites. Clear the surrounding of adult fleas and insects.
Check the Coat Daily
Check the coat of your Yorkshire Terrier frequently. Look for signs of an insect bite, skin infection, or flea feces on his skin. Check his hairlines to spot the signs of tick infestation. The stomach area is the most vulnerable and requires a thorough checking.
Brushing the hairs at least once daily is a good idea to protect your Yorkie from ticks and fleas. There are special flea combs available, and you can get a good one to eliminate these parasites. Whenever you detect any tick or flea, remove and throw it in soapy water.
While bathing or grooming your dog, make optimum use of the session to safeguard your pooch against fleas and ticks. If you are located in an area prone to flea growth, use shampoos specially made to kill these bugs. Scrub the skin well and make sure the shampoo reaches the skin while bathing to find out ticks hidden in the long hair. Pay attention to the skin, neck, legs, and stomach areas.
Keep the Dog Healthy
If your Yorkie stays immobile or suffers from illness frequently, he is an easy target for fleas and ticks. An active and healthy dog is immune from a parasitic infestation to a great extent. Make sure your dog is active, healthy, clean, and has the required amount of nutritional and water intake daily.