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Dog Flea & Tick


This collection of Dog Flea & Tick articles has been curated for you by Traditions Veterinary Services. If you would like to talk to a veterinarian, please give us a call at (817) 405-3087.

The Secret to Ridding Your Dog of Itchy and Irritated Skin

As humans, we know just how frustrating it is to have itchy skin so, when you see your dog struggling with it, your heart naturally goes out to them...for the first few weeks. By week three, you’ve had it and, if you sleep with your pet, you’ve lost more Zzzzzs than you care to think about. Now both you and your pet are at your wit’s end, which is no place to be. The best thing to do is to get to the root cause of the itch, so we’ve taken some time in this blog post to explore the many reasons your dog could be getting itchy skin, toes, or hot spots.


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Taking Care of Your Dog’s Paws

Your four-legged friend’s feet play an important role in his daily life. They provide insulation to keep him warm in cold temperatures, contain sweat glands to cool him off in the heat, absorb shock, provide traction and balance, bear the majority of his weight, and allow him to run to greet you at the end of a long day.

Unfortunately, this means they also endure a lot of wear and tear. Watch out for these paw problems—and catch any issues early by regularly checking your dog’s digits.


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The Favorite Hiding Places of Ticks

Ticks are the vampire of the pet world. They latch onto your dog or cat, attach themselves and suck their blood until they’re engorged with your pet’s blood. Then they fall off and rest until they’ve digested their meal.

What happens next is they may quietly die, or they may feel ready for another feeding. It depends on the life cycle of the tick, the type of tick, and other such factors.


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What Dog Deworming Means for Dog Lovers

You might be surprised to discover how common dog worms are in the environment. In fact, some sources say most dogs - even healthy dogs -- host a low level of worms nearly all the time. After all, your dog goes outside, probably eats questionable substances on occasion, and may be known to roll in smelly areas. Since dog worms are often in the dirt (or in whatever else is in the dirt!), or are transmitted by fleas or mosquitos, you can see how it wouldn’t be a surprise that your dog could have worms.


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Parasite Prevalence: What's Your Pet's Risk?

We believe that educated pet owners are the best pet owners! To better understand your veterinarian’s parasite prevention recommendations, it is important to know the risks affecting your pet.

Veterinary care recommendations can vary greatly from pet to pet, family to family and location to location. While our doctors’ recommendations are customized to each individual pet and family, certain factors can help us determine a baseline for the preventative tests and treatments we feel best serve our clients and patients.


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