Treating Parasites for Basset Hounds


Treating Parasites for Basset Hounds

Treating Parasites for Basset Hounds

I- External Parasites

The external parasites that most commonly afflict dogs are

fleas, mites, and ticks.


Flea bites cause dogs to itch. A telltale sign of fleas is flea

dirt—little granules you’ll find on your basset or in his bed.

If the granules turn red when placed on a white napkin and

wetted, your dog has fleas. To get rid of fleas, wash your dog

with a flea-killing shampoo or talk to your vet about getting

a pill that sterilizes fleas. You’ll also have to treat your house

to get rid of any flea infestations.

Preventing fleas is your first defense, and your vet can

prescribe a preventive. You also can use a safe insecticide

in your home or in outdoor areas to prevent infestation.


Mites are contagious among dogs and also can pass to humans.

On dogs, mites cause a skin condition called mange,

characterized by intense itching, hair loss, crusty and rottensmelling

bumps on the skin, and lesions at the edge of the

ears. Mites can be treated only by your vet.


Ticks may attach themselves to bassets who play outside

in woods or grasses. You’ll most likely notice ticks during

grooming—they’ll feel just like hard little bumps on the skin.

The best way to remove a tick is with a pair of tweezers:

1. Grip the tick as close to the skin as possible.

2. Without twisting or jerking, pull the tick out slowly.

3. Make sure that you remove all of the tick, including

the head.

4. After you remove the tick, put it in a sealable container

and bring it to the vet to test it for disease.

5. Clean your basset’s wound with rubbing alcohol or

disinfectant to minimize the chance of infection.

6. If you can’t get the tick out, bring your dog to the vet.

II-  Internal Parasites

Some internal parasites have virtually no effect on the host

animal’s health, while others cause illness and even death

if they are present in large enough numbers. Some common

intestinal parasites include hookworms, roundworms,

whipworms, and tapeworms. Your vet can identify these

parasites through microscopic examination of your basset’s

feces. A heartworm infestation is caused by a parasitic

worm that infests the heart, clogging the vessels and causing

congestive heart failure. If your dog is at risk for heartworm,

your vet will prescribe a preventive and suggest that

he be tested for the parasite every year or two.


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