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As pet parents, flea and tick prevention is a huge part of our lives. It has to be. Those nasty critters don’t just make us itchy (or make our skin crawl thinking about them!), they carry a wide range of nasty nasties that can devastate our dogs’ health. One bite from the wrong kind of tick can lead to months of pain and medication for your pooch from Lyme’s Disease. Trust me, I know. I’ve dealt with it…twice.
Fleas are just as scary. Did you know that it was the flea that kicked off one of history’s most devastating plagues? Even those that aren’t carriers of pandemic-level bugs can wreak havoc on your canine best friend. One of my dogs developed flea allergies out of the blue a few years ago. One bite and he goes into fits of itchiness and hot spots that takes months to get back under control. During that time, my boy just isn’t his usual self.
These nasty little bugs are affecting Canadian dogs more and more every year, too. Fleas and ticks are a rising concern all across Canada. In fact, Canadian researches discovered that tick populations have grown 10 times within Canada over the last 20 years. If you draw a line across Canada, that line movies 45km farther north every single year.
No Bite Is Right in Canada
A recent survey discovered that the number one concern of Canadian pet parents is avoiding the BITE. Makes sense, doesn’t it? We all want to keep fleas and ticks from munching on our pups! That same survey found that 7 in 10 pet parents want protection that reduces the chances of bites, while 79% worry about the diseases that those bites can transmit. The big question: what is the best way to do this?
Did you know that there are two main types of flea and tick prevention medications? The topical products that you apply to your dog’s skin are designed to get to the flea before he bites, while the systemic type that typically comes in a chewable pill form attacks the bug after it bites. Your vet can help you decide which is right for your dog.
I can’t tell you which one is best for your pooch, but I can tell you that for my boy who is allergic to flea bites, we opt for the topical because we really need to do everything possible to prevent the bite in the first place. I like that the topical medications wreak havoc on the fleas and ticks, making the so uncoordinated that they typically can’t even get in a good bite. I’ve noticed that when we use the topical non-systemic treatments, Coop’s allergies don’t get as out of control.
The No Bite is Right ™ (Cure Antipiqûre) initiative is touring across Canada, along with Crusoe The Celebrity Dachshund, to help educate pet parents about flea and tick prevention. They want everyone to know how important it is to visit your vet regularly and talk about the best prevention methods for your dog. When you visit your vet, make sure you ask about methods to prevent your dog from being bitten in the first place!
Follow the Tour for a Chance to Meet Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund!
Want to meet Crusoe in person? For follow the #NoBiteIsRight tour to find out where the Celebrity Dachshund will be appearing next! You can also enter to win an appearance by Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund at your vet clinic! To do so, tweet #NoBiteIsRight along with your vet’s city and the name of your vet’s clinic, and tag @Celeb_Dachshund between now and May 6th.
Every tweet is one vote, and there is a limit of one vote per person per day. If you want to snag an extra vote, tag a friend! For more details on all the official rules, check out www.NoBiteIsRight.com (or Cure Antipiqûre for the French version).
Has your dog ever dealt with any complications from fleas and tick bites? What do you do to prevent the nasty bugs from biting? Tell me about it in the comments.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bayer, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine.