Knowlenge on parasites

Skin and coat parasites

Ticks, fleas and mites – dogs, cats, rabbits and rodents are regularly infested by these dangerous and nasty parasites. They sometimes transmit serious diseases and via our pets they can access dwellings where they can multiply and afflict humans. It is necessary and advisable to use a prophylaxis, i.e. preventive protection, to ensure that this does not happen!

Ticks are activ from March to October. They can transmit dangerous diseases such as tick-borne encephalitis, Lyme disease or babesiosis, also called dog malaria. There are over 850 different species of ticks, with the castor bean tick (Ixodes ricinus) in Europe being the most common of its kind. When it warms up in the spring, ticks come out of hibernation and become active.  They are often found in high meadows, in the woods, on the roadside, in parks and even in your own garden. Clamping onto blades of grass or similar plants, the bloodsuckers patiently wait for the approach of their victims, which they perceive through vibration, odour or heat. Once they have docked onto the pet, they wander around and look for a suitable spot to bite.

Their bite releases saliva with blood-thinning substances and after a few hours the first pathogens already start to enter the bloodstream. This needs to be reduced or prevented

Like ticks, fleas are also blood-sucking parasites. They are activ throughout the year. The adult parasites live mainly on their host pet, where they regularly feed on its blood and enjoy the perfect conditions for reproduction. However, only about  5% of the flea population lives on the pet, while the remaining 95% consist of eggs, larvae and pupae. These settle down in the immediate vicinity of our four-legged friends, such as in the dog basket, in carpets, on the sofa or even in your own bed – depending on where pets tend to linger

Flea bites can cause allergies and severe itching. They can take up several times their own weight in blood from their host and release strongly allergenic substances into their host’s bloodstream and tissue via their saliva while feeding. Affected pets scratch such areas very often – sometimes even to the point of bleeding – especially in thte neck, flank and the base of their tail. Fleas also transmit dipylidium caninum, a rather harmless but nasty affair that we should also avoid by using prevention (infestation protection).

Mites
Mites are tiny parasites that are barely visible to the human eye. They are a year-round problem, but are most prevalent from spring to autumn. They tend to colonise the skin, ears and coat of dogs and cats. Mites live either on the surface of the skin, where they feed on skin flakes or drill deep holes into the skin, through which they suck up tissue fluid.  They also lay eggs into these boreholes, which can lead to severe skin inflammation.
There are many different species of mites, but only a few negatively affect our four-legged friends. Some species live permanently on our pets, only causing disease in immunocompromised animals. In such cases, the otherwise harmless mites proliferate excessively, causing skin and coat changes. Certain mites, such as ear mites, are transmitted from one pet to another, while others come from the environment. The harvest mite (Neotrombicula autumnalis), for example, only latches onto our pets for a meal (to suck up tissue fluid) and then goes back into the grass.
The quality of life of infested pets is severely impaired due to itching and they often present skin and coat changes as well as atypical behaviour

 

A miracle of nature! The olive-like fruit of the evergreen and fast-growing neem tree gives us the raw material for effective protection against ticks, fleas and mites. The COextraction method is used to harvest an exceptionally high-quality and pure extract from the neem fruit, which is officially cited and approved as a biocidal substance. We give our products a uniquely high concentration of this special margosa/neem extract to achieve the best possible protection.

The 3 pillars of active parasite protection:

  1. PREVENTION
  • Effective repellent products
  • Year-round protection
  • No known resistance
  • Spot-on, collar, coat spray, and environment
  1. CONTROL
  • Daily frisking for ticks during the tick season (March to October)
  • Flea time is all year long, so check for fleas weekly using a flea comb
  • Check for skin and coat changes weekly, e.g. ears, paws, back for mites
  1. REMOVAL
  • Pull ticks out of coat using tick tweezers
  • Rub flea powder into coat
  • Treat all infested rooms with flea mist, including any carpets, cracks and crevices
  • Pesticide spray for local treatment of places your pet lies on

 

How can I protect my pet?
You can protect your pet by using a spot-on liquid, a collar or a spray with a repellent effect. Depending on the product, your pet will thus benefit from repellent, effective protection for several hours, weeks or months.

How can I recognise a parasite infestation?
Check your pet’s skin and coat regularly. This will help you quickly detect and remove ticks. Combing the coat with a flea comb helps detect current flea infestations. Should you increasingly find dark crumbs on the skin or in the sleeping area then this is an indication of flea droppings and a flea infestation. Flea droppings turn red (undigested blood) when rubbed together in a white, damp cloth. Diagnosis: acute flea infestation.

What should I do if my pet has a parasite infestation?
Ticks should be removed as quickly as possible using tick tweezers or a tick hook. In the event of a flea infestion, you need a suitable insecticide for both your pet and its environment. This treatment is very time-consuming and expensive, which is why preventive protection (prophylaxis) is so important.