No matter how well you look after them, you can’t alway prevent your dog from getting sick. What you can do is quickly identify the problem and seek fast treatment, to get them back on their feet again.





Parasites can be such a problem for dogs. From fleas to ticks and ear mites, dogs can suffer awful itching when these little blighters are feeding off them. The best way to treat canine parasites is to use a product that both removes and prevents further infestation, such as frontline plus. It is also important to keep your dog clean and to check for ticks if you have been for a walk in the countryside.




Weight gain


All dogs are susceptible to weight gain, especially older, less mobile pooches. It is important to watch their diet, treat intake, and their exercise levels. If you dog needs to loose some weight, try to exercise them a little more. A new toy or an active treat dispenser can help them get the required calorie deficit. If this doesn’t do the trick, then a specialised diet can help. Consult your vet for advice on diet and the changes that will best help your breed of dog.  But make sure that no other family member is sabotaging your pups weight loss, by feeding them treats or scraps, under the table!


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A common problem with dogs is vomiting and diarrhea. While these symptoms can be a sign of something more serious, they are often a reaction to eating something that does not agree with the dog. While your dog can enjoy, rich foods like chocolate and cheese, on the way in, they way that they come out might not be so much fun for Fido or you. Remember that dogs are lactose intolerant so anything containing milk and dairy can do them harm. Sugar and sugar replacement are also dangerous for our canine friends and should be avoided. If you are going to spoil your dog, make sure it with a treat designed especially for canine consumption.




In later life, many dogs can suffer from joint pain, known as arthritis. Some dog owners include oil supplementing their dog’s diet to minimise arthritis in their pets. If Fido is struggling to walk, there are plenty of medications available to ease their pain. A visit to the vest will get you a diagnosis and some medication advice, and is always a good idea if you can see that your pooch is in pain.


Hot Spots


Hotspots or contact dermatitis in dogs is another common issue. They are usually easy to see, as your dog will be biting or scratching the area. Fur loss in these areas is also a common occurrence. Hot spots can be caused by parasites (see above), dryness or by irritants coming in contact with the skin. The best way to treat canine dermatitis is to take your pooch to the vet. They might shave and clean the areas and treat it with steroid or antibiotics depending on how bad it is.


Ticks are harmful to both pets and to humans. They carry diseases like Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. An infestation of ticks in the home is not as common as a flea infestation but if you do find your home plagued by ticks, they can be very hard to banish. They are harder to find and harder to kill than fleas. In addition, ticks can go for a long time without a meal which means that even after you think you have gotten rid of them, a tick can surprise you and emerge when it finds a new blood supply.


But don’t despair. There are some good ways to eliminate ticks from your home for good. Here’s what you need to know about how to get rid of ticks in your home.


Step 1: Clean up your house. Pick up all the clutter and everything that’s lying around. Anything lying around on the floor can provide a place for ticks to hang out. Put dirty clothes and bed linens directly into the washing machine and wash them on the hottest setting possible for the items. Don’t put items from the floor into a clothes hamper since this could allow ticks to get into the hamper and into all of the clothes and other things in it. Be sure to wash your pet’s bedding in hot water, too.


Step 2: Clean. Clean thoroughly. Clean the entire house. Vacuum, mop, vacuum again. Be sure to vacuum furniture and drapes. Wash curtains. Clean counter tops and other surfaces. If you have ever gone through this process to get rid of fleas, do the same thing to get rid of the ticks now. Be sure to empty your vacuum cleaner and dispose of the bags in a trash can far from your house so the ticks won’t toddle right back inside.


Step 3: Kill the ticks and their eggs. Apply boric acid powder throughout your home. You can use a produce like 20 Muleteam Borax detergent which is found in many grocery stores if boric acid powder is unavailable. You can also use diatomaceous earth, found in gardening centers. Sprinkle one of these products over your floors and leave it for about 72 hours. This is usually long enough to coat any ticks that are present in the home. These products work by drying out the adult ticks and killing them. They will also dry out larvae and eggs that they coat. You can also use a botanical pesticide for this purpose if you prefer. Make sure you treat your pet’s bedding and sleeping areas with these products, too.


Step 4: To make sure you have killed all the adult ticks you will need to use a good adulticide. Many flea and tick sprays made with pyrethrins are good for this job. Pyrethrins are made from flowers like marigolds and they keep fleas and ticks away. You will also need to use a product with an insect growth regulator such as Precor. Spray your entire home with these products including baseboards, closets, furniture, and chair and table legs. Ticks will climb to get up off the floor and try to hide so be sure you spray places where they might lurk. Spray under your bed, too. Turn over chairs, sofas, and other places where they can hide.


Step 5: Finally, once your home is treated you will need to make sure that you and your pets don’t bring anymore ticks into your house. You can do this by keeping your yard tidy, among other things. Clear away any brush and leaves. Fence your property to keep wild animals away since they often carry ticks. Clean up under bird feeders as bird seed will attract animals. And keep your grass cut short. Tall grass provides a place for ticks to hide.


If you follow these steps you should be able to eliminate ticks from your home and keep them away permanently. It will also help to use a good flea and tick product on your pet. Talk to your vet to find out what he or she recommends in your area.


Article by Nancy Cope owner of the dog boutique – Pampered Dog gifts