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Spring time is my dogs favourite time of year! After being cooped up inside during the bitter cold of the winter, she loves that spring time allows her to spend more time outside. Whether its exploring the back yard, heading on family hikes at the local conservation forest or simply taking a walk around the block, she loves take advantage of the longer, warming days to release all of her pent up winter energy. I love watching her absolute joy as she bounces around, enjoying her new found freedom. However, the warmer weather may bring excitement, but it also brings about new health concerns, like Flea and Tick bites. With milder winters, like the one we just had, flea and tick seasons are extended longer than normal, so pet owners need to be more aware of proactive measures before your pup gets into a compromising situation.
What is a flea?
A flea is an external parasite. It jumps from mammal to mammal and feeds on their blood. Although the bite itself won’t harm your pet, it is the disease that it transmits through the bite that is dangerous (for example, allergy dermatitis). A single flea could bite up to 400 times per day causing are extremely itchy and uncomfortable marks on your puppies skin. Some dogs are allergic to the saliva of Fleas which can result in bald spots from scratching and chewing their fur. Most people are aware that flea bites result in red spots surrounded by reddened halos, however flea bites can also be a source of tapeworms, and cause anemia and household infestations.
What is a tick?
Both ticks and mites are both arachnids. Unlike the flea, that jumps from subject to subject to consume their blood, ticks hides in wooden areas and uses their eight legs to climb up their victim. Like the flea, a tick consumes blood to survive. While doing so, it is known to transmit many diseases (Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Bartonellosis, Hepatozoonosis, and many more!). Symptoms of Lyme disease include pain, fatigue, kidney failure and sadly, even death.
The “No Bite Is Right” Initiative:
With the arrival of spring and the rising concern of fleas and ticks across Canada, a new campaign called “No Bite Is Right™ has been launched. This campaign helps to educated dog owners about the growing tick populations (approx 10 times over in the past two decades) and the seasonal nature of fleas and ticks in Canada. In a recent survey, it was determined that the number one concern of pet owns is avoiding the BITE, 70% of these owners want to prevent the bite in the first place and 79% worry about diseases spread after their animal is bitten.
How We Prepare Sadie for Flea and Tick Season:
- Visit your vet! Just as you take you children to the doctor for regular check ups, its important to take your furbaby as well.
- Spring Grooming! Our pup is a non shedding dog that grows thick winter coat that needs to cut for spring time. Having a shorter coat, not only allows her to stay cooler during hot summer days, but it also makes it easier to search for insects and BITES after a hike or an extended stay outside.
- Use Topical flea and Tick preventative products. There are two choices available: Systemic products are taken orally and usually come as a chewable treat. This method requires the flea or tick to bite the dog before pest ingests enough of the medication to parish. The problem with this method is other diseases can be transmitted during the bite. Non-systemic products are applied to the surface of the pet’s skin and kill the pest on contact. With this method, the pest doesn’t have the chance to bite your pet. No Bite means no discomfort for your pup and it reduces the risk of transmission of disease and infection. After discussing which flea and tick treatment was best for Sadie, we decided to apply a liquid flea and tick formula to kill the insects on contact rather than treating our pup after the bite has occurred.
Learn more protecting your pup this Spring
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*This post is not a medical post and all advise should be discussed with your vet prior to taking it.We chose a non-systemic flea and tick prevention for our dog because it was right for us and stopped the bite before it happens. Find out more about flea and tick control follow the #nobiteisright tour at www.NoBiteIsRight.com to learn more about your pets health.
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