Basset Hounds ,Heart Worm, Fleas and Other Parasites

Basset Hounds ,Heart Worm, Fleas and Other Parasites

Heart worm, fleas and other Parasites in Basset Hounds need to be eliminated by following appropriate medications in them.  Many products have come up in the commercial fields to protect the Basset Hounds from heart worms, fleas and other parasites like hook worms, whip worms, round worms, lice, ticks etc.

Among the heart worm, fleas and other parasites, the fleas produce the hyper sensitive             reactions in the affected animals. Hence, the Basset Hounds  infested with fleas start severely scratching of body. Many times, the scratching is so severe and the skin becomes more hyperemic and dermatitis occurs in the affected areas.

The Basset Hounds will not lie down or sleep comfortably due to the constant bites by the fleas. Your Basset Hounds looks as if affected by some severe skin disease.  If the Basset Hounds is not properly attended for this tick bite problem, there will be often secondary bacterial invasions in these sites and there may even be a bad smell emanating from the skin areas.

Close observation of the Basset Hounds is highly essential to rule out the occurrence of fleas disturbing the Basset Hounds to a greater extent. Similarly, the skin of the Basset Hounds needs to be tested for the presence of ticks, lice etc. For this, the hair materials need to be separated and the close observation with patience is required for the proper diagnosis.

In many incidences, if anemia is present, the blood protozoa need to be ruled out in addition to the hookworm problems.  The clinical problems like anemia, loose motion, pot belly etc. might be recognized by the Basset Hounds owners themselves and however, the Basset Hounds needs to undergo the routine health related examination involving fecal examination, hematological examination and blood smear examination.

Many commercial products have come up in the market, which are useful to deal with all these conditions by single dose.  Drugs like ivermectin are highly useful and are available in both injection and oral form in addition to the solution form that can be applied on the skin. These drugs in Basset Hounds can lead to the prophylaxis of these conditions also.


Ramon Diaz


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