The list could go on, believe me. And if you have ever found a tick on your pet, or ever dealt with a flea infestation, you know exactly what i'm talking about.
So whether we are talking about fleas, ticks, or whatever the case may be, there is one thing I know for sure - No Bite Is Right ™.
The No Bite Is Right Campaign is travelling across Canada this season, educating pet owners about just how important it is to take preventative measures when it comes to fleas and ticks.
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Some of you may recognize this adorable, furry face?
Yep, this is Crusoe the celebrity Dachshund. Crusoe is touring with the No Bite Is Right campaign, and you can meet this paw-some superstar! Visit Crusoe's website for details on the 2016 tour!
So, now that we know about this great tour taking place, lets take a moment to learn a thing or two about fleas and ticks, as well as systemic and non-systemic types of flea and tick medication.
What is systemic flea and tick medication?
Description - medication taken orally. Generally taken as a chewy treat.
Taking medication this way means that the insect will actually have to bite your pet in order for it to begin working. The problem with this, is that infections, and diseases come from bites. So really, giving medication systematically means you are still taking the risk of infection to your 4 legged friend.
What is Non-systemic medication?
Description - Non-systemic medication are applied directly to your pets skin. This is also known as "contact kill treatment." This does not require your pet to be bitten before it comes into effect, so you are greatly reducing the chances of your furry friend being bitten, and infected.
How does it work?
Basically, with systemic medication, because the meds are taken orally, it travels through your pets bloodstream. This is why the flea and/or tick has to bite your pet in order for it to work. The pest bites, and has to keep feeding until it has ingested enough of the poison. Unfortunately, as I mentioned above, this is leaving your pet vulnerable to any disease the pest may be carrying, and could possibly be transmitting to your pet through the bite.
With non-systemic medication, when fleas and/or ticks land on your pet, they become disoriented from the topical meds you have administered. This takes time, which allows the medication to do its job and kill the pest before it has a chance to bite. Using non-systematic medication can greatly reduce the chances of your pet being bitten, and in turn, getting a disease.
The warm weather is here, and the sun is blazing. Time to play in the kiddie pools, get outside, enjoy the sun, and just have fun! But... with all that fun, comes flea and tick season.
- Fleas and ticks are getting worse and worse each year across Canada. -
They are not just annoying pests, but also carry harmful diseases.
According to Canadian researchers - tick population has grown over 10 times in the last 2 decades! I mean.... that's a crazy statistic, right?
Researchers also say, if we were to draw a line marking tick territory across Canada, that line moves 45km further North each year. Wow....
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That there are a variety of different fleas and ticks that can potentially spread numerous diseases?
Yep, it's true. And not just that, but some of these diseases that they carry can even be life threatening. One of which is the well known Lyme disease, that comes from some ticks, and is transmitted through a bite.
What are you worried about as a pet owner?
- A recent survey has shown that among Canadian pet owners, their number 1 concern is avoiding the BITE.
- That same survey showed that 7 out of 10 people want protection that reduces the chance of bites.
- And 79% worry about disease transmitting through the bite.
How 'bout those ticks?
- As of 2016, ticks are being found in numerous parts of Canada. Such as British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia
- Ticks can cause many diseases. Even more than the well known Lyme disease. Such as such: Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Bartonellosis, Hepatozoonosis, and those are just a few...
- Lyme disease has been declared endemic in southern parts of British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia
- After a mild winter, not unlike the one we just had, flea and tick seasons are extended longer than normal, so it is important for us pet owners to be extremely proactive and take the preventative measure needed.
How 'bout those fleas?
- Did you know that fleas don’t just cause itching, and annoyance? They can also be the cause for open sores from flea allergy dermatitis, as well as becoming a source of tapeworms, and cause anemia and household infestations
- Fleas can live up to 100 days! 100 days you guys!!! Wow!
- ONE single flea can bite up to 400 times... A DAY! That's a lot for such a little pest!
- Did you know that dogs can even be allergic to fleas, and their bites? It's true, dogs can be allergic to flea saliva and can result in bald spots from scratching and chewing their fur
Follow the #NoBiteIsRight tour at www.NoBiteIsRight.com and come meet Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund! And find out how you can enter to win an appearance by Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund at your vet’s clinic!
How can you enter to win?
Tweet #NoBiteIsRight, your vet’s city, the name of your vet’s clinic, and tag @Celeb_Dachshund between April 18-May 6. Each tweet is one vote with a limit of one vote per person per day. For an extra vote, tag a friend! For more details, check out www.NoBiteIsRight.com
Follow Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund on the campaign!
How about you?
Have you ever had to deal with a flea or tick infestation?
What sort of preventative measures do you take each year?
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