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With spring around the corner, we need to start thinking about how we prepare our pets for the summer. There will be plenty of walks in the park and if she has her way, maybe a swim at the lake. We have had our Labradoodle, Lola for almost 9 years. We love her more than anything, even though she causes us some grief at time. Like any dog, she can hardly wait to be let outside so that she can run around, chase some squirrels and bask in the sunlight.
Lola loves to get into mischief and at times she makes us take her to the vet because she has eaten something she shouldn’t have. I’m pretty sure it is the Labrador Retriever part of her lineage. Regardless, we are prone to make sure that she is happy and healthy. Part of the regime is ensuring that she has a visit to the vet in the spring to make sure we discuss our options for flea and tick season. Yes, its that time again to review why its important to protect your pet against bites. Why? Because No Bite is Right! Fleas and ticks are nasty parasites that prey upon your pet. We need to protect our canines and felines from those pesky pests. Whether you use a systemic or non-systemic solution, you need to see what your options are for flea and tick control. If you didn’t know what systemic medication is, let me briefly explain: systemic medications is one that your pet ingests and it kills these pests when they bite the animal and then ingest the blood (yuck!). A non-systemic medication is topical and is used to prevent these pests from biting your animal in the first place. There is a great video that explains the difference here. These products greatly reduce the ability of fleas and ticks to bite, attach and feed from your pet, thereby reducing the chance of disease transmission. There are a few options but it is best to discuss those options with your vet.
Here are a few facts that you might not know:
- As of 2016, ticks have been found in many parts of Canada including British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia
- Draw a line marking tick territory across Canada and, researchers estimate; it encroaches farther into the country by 45 kilometers a year.
- Did you know that ticks can cause many diseases such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Bartonellosis, Hepatozoonosis, and many more!
- The symptoms of Lyme disease include pain, fatigue, kidney failure and even death
- Lyme disease has been declared endemic in southern parts of British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia
- The clock is ticking… flea and tick season is around the corner. Ticks love milder weather, so we typically see an increase in flea and tick bites during the spring and the fall.
- 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.
- Flea s can live up to 100 days and can lay up to 50 eggs a day
- A single flea could bite up to 400 times per day
- Dogs can be allergic to flea saliva and can result in bald spots from scratching and chewing their fur
- Fleas don’t just cause itching, discomfort and open sores from flea allergy dermatitis , they can also be a source of tapeworms, and cause anemia and household infestations
- Pet owners are concerned about their pets suffering from flea bite, and the inconvenience and impact on their home and family
There is no question that we will be looking at options for Lola the Wonderdog. We want to make sure that we keep her and our family safe of fleas and ticks. Being a part of a family means that you need to take care of the ones you love so we’ll be going to out vet for her spring check up (and preventative) flea and tick medication.
Want to learn more? Speak with your vet about what flea and tick treatment is best for your pet. Ask about how to reduce the chance of your pet even being bitten.
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