For millions of dogs and people, the tiny flea is a relentless enemy. The flea is a small, brown, wingless insect that uses specialized mouth parts to pierce the skin and siphon blood. When a flea bites your dog, it injects a little amount of saliva into the skin to prevent blood coagulation. many animals can have fleas without showing suffering, but an unfortunate number of dogs become sensitized to this saliva. In particularly allergic animals, the bite of a single flea will cause severe itching and scratching. Fleas create the most common skin condition of dogs which is flea allergy or dermatitis.
If your dog develops super-sensitivity to flea saliva, many changes will result. A tiny hive can develop at the location of the fleabite, which will either heal or develop into a small red bump that eventually crusts over. The dog may scratch and chew at himself until the area is hairless, raw and weeping serum. This can create hair loss, redness, scaling, microbial infection and high coloring of the skin.
Remember that the flea spends the most its life in the environment, not on your dog, so it can be unpleasant to find. In fact, your dog can continue to scratch without you ever seeing a flea on your pet. Check your dog carefully for fleas or for signs of flea excrement (also called flea dirt), which looks like coarsely ground pepper. When moistened, flea dirt turns a reddish brown Simply put it contains blood. If one pet in the household has fleas, assume that all dogs in the household have fleas. A single flea found on your pet probably means that there are hundreds of fleas, larva, pupa and eggs in your house.
Commercial flea killing compounds can work if used properly but they are not
the only alternative to stopping fleas. There are effective home remedies that
work as well or better.
The life cycle of the flea has four different stages including the egg,
larva, pupa and adult.
The adult flea uses your dog as a place to take
its blood meals and breed. Fleas either lay eggs directly on the pet where they
may drop off, or deposit eggs into the immediate surroundings around your home.
Commercial flea killing compounds may work if used properly but they should not be the only alternative to stopping fleas. For millions of dogs and people,
the small flea is a relentless enemy.
The vacuum cleaner can be a real aid in removing flea eggs and immature
forms. Give special attention to cracks and corners. At the end of vacuuming,
either partial vacuum up some flea powder into your vacuum bag, or throw the bag
out. Otherwise, the cleaner will only serve as an incubator, releasi...
More than 30 million Americans live with one or more dogs (Marks, 1999). pet owners many use poisons in and around their homes to address mites. Although many chemicals were beneficial, poor planning or improper use of a pesticide product may be be very toxic to dogs. Of course the best way to avoid toxicity is to avoid using chemical products. However, if these chemicals must be used be sure to read the labels, use the products properly, and be highly careful. Remember that dogs could be not... Continue reading...
The following compounds are samples of the chemicals used in homes and gardens.
• 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D). This pesticide is a chlorophenoxy compound that functions as a systemic herbicide and is used to address many types of broadleaf weeds. Classified as a General Use mite killing (GUP), 2,4-D's diethylamine salt is a slightly toxic category III chemical when ingested orally. However, this product is classified as a highly toxic category I chemical when exposed to the eye... Continue reading...
Guidelines to avoid toxicity As mentioned previously, the best way to avoid toxicity is to avoid using chemical poisons altogether. An integrated pest management program may be the most reliable strategy for controlling mites. This methodology employs physical, mechanical, cultural, and biological strategies to keep pest numbers low. Least-toxic chemical pest modulate methods could be used only as a last resort. The following pest manage methods do not involve chemical poisons: • Physical ... Continue reading...
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Dave_Gurke]Dave Gurke
Are you having trouble treating cat mange? Don't worry, you're not alone on that one. Millions of household pets suffer from mites every year, it's just one of those irritating little setbacks that never seems to be curable like the common cold!
So what exactly is mange and why does it lead to hair loss on your cat? Well, this article is going to give you a close up look on the ins and outs of mange so that you know exactly how to sto... Continue reading...
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Anne_Ming]Anne Ming
Dog mange is one of the most miserable afflictions that can strike your dog. It's a contagious and persistently itchy skin disease brought on by parasitic mites burrowing under the skin. It must be treated as soon as you detect the symptoms. Otherwise the mange only gets worse.
The symptoms of dog mange include continuous itching, hair loss, dry and thickened skin with crusty scales, dry and wrinkled skin, unpleasantly strong skin odor,... Continue reading...
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Anne_Ming]Anne Ming
Many mammals suffer from a skin disease known as mange. Typically, it's caused by a mite burrowing under the skin. Mange seems to be most common in cats and dogs, although other animals can get it. There are several types of mange but, thankfully, just a few affect your pets. The mites cannot be seen with the naked eye but their effects can be seen quite clearly. Some mange appears to be dandruff and has a short lifespan.