|Photo credit: Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund|
I have always been an animal lover for as long as I can remember, and as soon as I moved on my own I got a cat. Since there's plenty of animals at shelters, I visited the local Toronto Animal Services shelter and adopted my furbaby Mr. Jingles. Unfortunately, after being blessed with ten loving years with him, he passed away December 2015. Regardless of that, the little furball was famous for somehow getting fleas. The little Stinker had fleas and ear mites from day one, and it was a struggle in the beginning to get it under control. The reason why I'm bringing this up, is that spring is here and the summer months are quickly approaching. What does that mean? It's flea and tick season, and the whole ordeal can be easily avoided if you take the proper precaution.
"No Bite Is Right... Why? Because you love your pet and you would do anything to protect them."
The No Bite Is Right™ campaign is happening across Canada, and kicks off this month through to the end of May. It's main purpose is to bring awareness to flea and ticks... no biting means less irritation, and reduced risk of disease and infestation. Be sure to make your seasonal vet appointment, to help discuss your flea and tick prevention options.
|RIP Mr. Jingles|
Did you know that fleas and ticks are a rising problem across Canada, and they can spread many harmful diseases?
According to Canadian researchers, tick populations have grown 10 times over the past two decades. (i) They also estimate that if you draw a line line marking tick territory across Canada, the line moves 45 km farther north per year. (ii)
There's many different types of fleas and ticks that can bite your pet and spread diseases, some being quite serious and at times life-threatening. Lime disease is one of the biggest and well known diseases transmitted by ticks. According to a recent survey of Canadian pet owners, their number one concern is avoiding the bite. (iii)
Most flea and tick medications are known as Systemic products, which are chewable treats taken orally. How these type of medication works, is that it actually requires the pest to bite your pet because the medication is running through the pet's bloodstream. The pest has to keep feeding until it's ingested enough of the product to be killed. This leaves your furry friend vulnerable since diseases are transmitted through the bite. However, with non-systemic products, otherwise known as "contact kill", when the pest lands on the pet, it becomes uncoordinated. This allows time for the medication to kill the pest, and reduce the risk and chance of disease transmission. I don't know about you... but I'd rather stick with the "contact kill" type once I get another cat.
Ticks are eight-legged parasites that have highly developed mouthparts to pierce through the skin of your pet and feed on their blood. As of this year, ticks have been found across Canada, including British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia.
Ticks can cause many diseases: Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Bartonellosis, Hepatozoonosis, and many more. (iv)
Symptoms of Lyme disease include pain, fatigue, kidney failure and death. It has been declared an endemic in southern British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.
Ticks love milder weather, so there's usually an increase of flea and tick bites in the spring and fall seasons.
Some Flea Facts
Fleas are horrible pests that feed on the blood of cats, dogs, humans and wildlife. Once on your pet, fleas will bite up to every 5 minutes leaving your cat or dog itchy, sore and uncomfortable.
They can live up to 100 days and can lay up to 50 eggs a day. A single flea could bite up to 400 times a day.(v)
Fleas don't just cause itching, pain and discomfort and open sores from flea allergy dermatitis, they are also a source of tapeworms, and can cause anemia, as well as an infestation in your home.(vi)
|Mr. Jingles - Having to deal with a flea infestation at home isn't fun.|
|Photo credit: Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund|
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bayer, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine.
(i) Anderssen, Erin. How ticks became a major public health issue. Globe and Mail. August 9, 2015. Accessed online on March 15, 2015. Available at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/learning-tocope-with-a-tick-population-on-the-rise/article25878878/.
(ii) Anderssen, Erin. How ticks became a major public health issue. Globe and Mail. August 9, 2015. Accessed online on March 15, 2015. Available at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/learning-tocope-with-a-tick-population-on-the-rise/article25878878/.
(iii) Ipsos Reid. Survey of Canadian Pet Owners currently utilizing parasite treatments in dogs and cats. 1,001 Canadian pet owners currently using a preventive flea/tick medication. Canada. November 2015. Online.
(iv) Why? Because you want to protect your pet. No Bite Is Right. Accessed online on March 29, 2016 http://www.nobiteisright.ca/why-no-bite-is-right/to-protect.php
(v) What is a flea? No Bite is Right. Accessed online on March 29, 2016 http://www.nobiteisright.ca/fleas-andticks/what-is-a-flea.php (vi) Flea Symptoms. No Bite is Right. Accessed online on March 29, 2016 http://www.nobiteisright.ca/fleas-andticks/flea-symptoms.php