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Did you know Canada has 5 seasons?
Well, if youâ€™re a pet owner you do.
Yes, Canadians love to talk about the changing weather with each and every season. We complain about the snow and cold of winter, the damp rainy days of spring, we love to take pictures of the colourful days of autumn, and we wait in anticipation for those long, sunny summer days.
But what about this 5thÂ Â season I speak of?
For those of us with pets, its called flea and tick season!
This is the season when NoBiteIsRightâ„˘ for our pets.
Did you know:
- According to Canadian researchers, tick populations have grown 10 times over in the past two decades within Canada?
- Researchers also estimate that if you draw a line marking tick territory across Canada, that the line moves 45 km farther north every year.
The milder winter we have experienced here in Canada is also a concern. Fleas and tick seasons are extended longer than normal, so pet owners need to be more aware and take proactive measures.
You may ask why you should be concerned about your pet being exposed to fleas and ticks and what does it really matter?
There are a variety of different types of fleas and ticks that can bite your pet and spread many types of diseases, some of them very serious and life-threatening.Â Lyme disease is one of the most well-known diseases transmitted by ticks.
- 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
- ď‚· Â Draw a line marking tick territory across Canada and, researchers estimate; it encroaches farther into the country by 45 kilometers a year.
- ď‚· Â 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.
- ď‚· 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,Â so pet owners need to be more aware of proactive measures.
- ď‚· Â A single flea could bite up to 400Â time per day.
- ď‚· Â Dogs can be allergic to flea saliva and can result in bald spots from scratching and chewing their fur.
- Â Fleas donâ€™t just cause itching, discomfort and open sores from flea allergy dermatitis, they can also be aÂ source of tapeworms, and cause anemia and household infestations.
- Â Pet owners are concerned about their pets suffering from flea bites, and the inconvenience and impact onÂ their home and family.
So what can we as pet owners do to help and prevent fleas and ticks before they happen?
- The first step is to speak with your vet.
- Have a discussion about what flea and tick treatment is available and what is the right choice for your pet.
Flea and tick preventative products come in two forms:
- Systemic: TakenÂ orally, usually in the form of a chewable treat. This form requires the flea or tick to actually bite your pet to digest the medication that is in your pet’s bloodstream.
- Non-systemic: a topical liquid that is applied directly to your pets skin. This is known as a “direct kill” treatment and does not require the pest to bite, rather, they work on contact.
Watch this informativeÂ videoÂ Â to help you understand the differences.
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