worm, fleas and other parasites in hunting dogs
need to be eliminated by following appropriate medications
in them. Many products have come up in the commercial
fields to protect the dogs from heart worms, fleas
and other parasites like hook worms, whip worms,
round worms, lice, ticks etc.
Among the heart worm, fleas and other parasites,
the fleas produce the hyper sensitive reactions
in the affected animals. Hence, the animals infested
with fleas start severely scratching of body. Many
times, the scratching is so severe and the skin
becomes more hyperemic and dermatitis occurs in
the affected areas.
Animal will not lie down or sleep comfortably due
to the constant bites by the fleas. Hence, animal
looks as if affected by some severe skin disease.
If the animal is not properly attended for this
tick bite problem, there will be often secondary
bacterial invasions in these sites and there may
even be a bad smell emanating from the skin areas.
Close observation of the dog is highly essential
to rule out the occurrence of fleas disturbing the
animal to a greater extent. Similarly, the skin
of the animal needs to be tested for the presence
of ticks, lice etc. For this, the hair materials
need to be separated and the close observation with
patience is required for the proper diagnosis.
In many incidences, if anemia is present, the blood
protozoa need to be ruled out in addition to the
hookworm problems. The clinical problems like anemia,
loose motion, pot belly etc. might be recognized
by the dog owners themselves and however, the dog
needs to undergo the routine health related examination
involving fecal examination, hematological examination
and blood smear examination.
Many commercial products have come up in the market,
which are useful to deal with all these conditions
by single dose. Drugs like ivermectin are highly
useful and are available in both injection and oral
form in addition to the solution form that can be
applied on the skin. These drugs in dogs can lead
to the prophylaxis of these conditions also.