Dog Fleas and Ticks

Even though fleas and ticks are small, they can be a big problem and be a nuisance. We recommend keeping your dog protected with preventives. Please talk to our team to see which medication best suits your pet’s needs.

How can you tell if your dog has fleas & ticks?

With fleas, you may notice your dog scratching or chewing at their body. You may also see small pepper-like flakes on your dog’s skin, commonly known as flea dirt. Ticks burrow their head into the skin of the dog leaving their bodies out. As they feed, they will engorge and swell up causing a lump on the surface. If you are unsure your pet has fleas or ticks, one of our health team members would be happy to help you.

How do you prevent fleas & ticks in dogs?

Preventives are available in topical (applied to the skin) and oral forms. Please talk to our team to see which medication best suits your pet’s needs and lifestyle.

What are the treatment options for ticks in dogs?

If your dog has a confirmed tick, it should be removed with traction (if you are unsure please come in or contact our team for advice) and topical or chewable medication can be prescribed to kill any hidden ticks and prevent future infestations. If a deer tick is found on a pet or human, it can be sent to a laboratory that can identify tick-borne diseases including Lyme, Anaplasma, and Babesia. It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito or tick for your pet to become infected.

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Water Intoxication

Water Intoxication in Dogs

Does your dog like to play in the water? Too much of a good thing can be dangerous, so look out for water intoxication!Water intoxication, also known as hyponatremia is a relatively rare but potentially fatal condition that is most commonly seen in dogs that love to play in the water. Water games that involve retrieving items or diving into pools to catch toys can cause them to ingest large quantities of water very quickly. It can also happen when they “catch” pressurized water from sprinklers or hoses.Excessive amounts of water cause the body to lose sodium. The body's cells begin to fill with water and swell. If the cells in the brain swell, it can affect the central nervous system which can be fatal.Symptoms include:loss of coordination lethargy bloating vomiting glazed eyes excessive salivation difficulty breathing seizures comaWater intoxication progresses quickly so if your pet has been playing in the water and begins to show any of the signs mentioned above, it's crucial to seek veterinary care immediately to save your dog's life.Treatment of water intoxication typically includes IV delivery of electrolytes, diuretics and drugs to reduce brain swelling. With aggressive veterinary care, some dogs are able to recover, but sadly, many do not.It's important to closely watch dogs that are very active in water and ensure they take regular breaks in between playing. Be especially careful on days when the water is rough. If your dog empties their water bowl after playing hard or exercise, ensure they are rested before refilling the bowl.Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of water intoxication to keep your furry family member safe!If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 204-269-8162 or by email at info@centennialanimalhospital.com.Written by Centennial Animal Hospital

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