Four of these parasites are located internally, while the other four are frequently found externally. External parasites are a significant risk to your dachshund as they are easily transmitted via close contact with an infected hound. Therefore, when taking steps to keep your dachshund safe, it's essential you consider outside factors, too.
External parasites to be cautious of
Fleas, ticks, scabies and mites are the four parasites which your dachshund is most susceptible to. Fleas and ticks are common insects which typically suck the blood from dogs and cats. Meanwhile, mites live off the hair follicles and oil glands on their host's body. But, one of the worst parasites is scabies as it's difficult to diagnose and involves a highly contagious mite burrowing into your pet's skin.
Similar to other small breeds, dachshunds often have sensitive and dry skin. Therefore, a parasite infestation can elevate these symptoms. Due to fleas sucking blood, your dachshund could experience anemia, flea allergic dermatitis and even tapeworm. Ticks also pose a serious threat as they carry Lyme disease, an illness which can be serious if left untreated. Meanwhile, mites can cause your dachshund discomfort as hair loss and itching present. Scabies tends to be more severe as, in addition to itching and hair loss, scabs will appear.
Your beloved dachshund is most likely to develop a parasite as a result of coming into contact with an infected dog while out walking. However, other animals pose a risk, too. Cats battling a parasite infestation can pass the bugs on to your pet dachshund. And, simply coming into contact with a parasite in the environment is enough for your dachshund to become infected. For example, ticks tend to live in shady, moist areas at ground level. Therefore, it's not just your dachshund's paws and legs which are at risk, but, due to his body shape, his entire torso is too. Therefore, it's essential you regularly check your four legged friend over for ticks. Should you find one, ensure you seek immediate veterinary assistance so that it can be safely removed.
Fighting the parasites
For fleas and ticks, the best way to fight them is to prevent them. Regular application of a topical treatment will keep your dachshund's sensitive skin protected. Alternatively, oral medications can be given as a preventative measure. However, it's essential that you treat all pets for parasites, especially other dogs in the household, as well as cats. This is because fleas jump 200 times their body length, according to the Victorian Government of Health. Therefore, they can easily transfer from one pet to another. For mites and scabies, treatment consists of oral medication which must be administered for weeks or even months, depending on the severity of the infestation.
Dachshunds are loveable and playful dogs. But this friendliness often leaves them vulnerable to external parasites. Therefore, owners should be on the lookout for the most common canine parasites and take action to prevent and treat the health concerns connected to them.
Written by Sally Writes