As spring draws to a close, I begin to check off the tasks on my “To-do” list. The car has been cleaned out, the Christmas decorations have been exchanged for the patio furniture and bikes, the gardens are starting to burst with all the colours of the rainbow, the house has been decluttered, and the windows have been washed. Although it may seem as though I have finished my spring “To-Do” list there is one important task left to complete: Tick Protection for man’s best friend.
More and more Canadians are beginning to consider their dogs as a part of the family unit. This means taking them on walks, to the cottage and other public places. With spring finally here, the number of places that fido visits increases, as does the threats that many dog owners don’t know enough about – ticks and the spread of Lyme disease.
Ticks are exoparasites that adhere themselves to your furry friend by inserting their mouthparts into Fido’s skin. After creating a cement-like seal, they begin to feed on your dog’s blood. This can lead to anemia, paralysis and the transmission of diseases such as Lyme Disease (arthritic joints and lameness) and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (severe fever and loss of appetite). Although these diseases are not contagious to humans, if a tick attaches itself to a human, the human will result in similar illnesses.
In a recent study, 93% of Canadian dog owners stated they would do anything to keep their dog happy and health. Things such as buying preimum dog food (75%), buying special treats (48%), grooming and pet dentistry (31%) were included in this list. However, it is estimated that only a third (30%) of Canadian dog owners protect their dogs from serious but easily preventable illness such as ticks and Lyme Disease.
This spring, as you are checking of your spring ‘To-Do’ list, make sure preparing Fido for Tick season is one of the tasks you complete. Using a product like K9 Advantix is simple, easy to use and highly effective. It works on contact to reduce tick attachment and the risk of disease transmission before they take a bite out of Fido. The formula has been specifically developed to reduce the risk of parasite-transmitted diseases, like Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Fever.
Forget the treats and fancy toys, show your dog how much you love them, by protecting them from Lyme Disease this spring!
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