Dog ownership is a responsibility and administering the proper medication is one of the duties. All dogs, regardless of breed or age, should receive certain types of medication. If you are a dog owner and do not know which pet meds to administer, learn more by reading the tips below and consulting with a veterinarian. Protecting your dog from disease helps the animal to provide many years of joy and affection.
Tip 1: Veterinarians recommend heartworm medication for all dogs that are not currently infected with heartworms. These worms develop when a dog is bitten by an infected mosquito. Even indoor dogs and dogs with long, shaggy coats can contract heartworms. Symptoms may not appear upon infection but as the heart and arteries become populated by worms, the dog can suffer tremendously. Treating this condition once it is present can be risky, harmful, and ineffective.
Tip 2: Give the heartworm medication monthly or as directed by the manufacturer or veterinarian. Chewable pills are well-received by many dogs. Other types of pills can be crushed and added to food or wrapped in a dog treat. Observe the dog following administration to note any reaction to the medication and contact a veterinarian immediately upon detection of unusual behavior.
Tip 3: Dogs should be treated to prevent fleas and ticks from causing harm. Topical treatment is applied to the skin of the dog once a month. Topical medications kill fleas as soon as these insects bite the dog. They may also repel ticks and mosquitoes. Oral treatments are also administered monthly. These retard flea growth so a flea that encounters the dog will not bite or reproduce. If a dog develops fleas, bathing the animal with flea shampoo or giving it a flea bath should get rid of most fleas.
Tip 4: Flea collars are more traditional flea treatments that have become less popular. These collars are designed to repel and kill fleas but they are usually not effective on the entire body. While they may keep fleas away from the face and neck of the dog, they may not prevent fleas from attacking other areas. In addition, this treatment exposes humans to pesticides on a constant basis, similar to the environment created by flea powders and sprays.
Tip 5: Natural treatments for fleas include adding brewer’s yeast or garlic to dog food. Fleas have an aversion to these substances and tend to avoid biting an animal that has ingested them.