Last year we experienced our first flea infestation, and I can definitely say it’s not something I want to go through again. The weirdest part? Neither Bain nor Kisa were showing signs of scratching, biting, or gnawing at themselves. How did I notice the fleas? When I was brushing Bain. Throughout the entire ordeal I was the one getting the brunt of the bites!
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Now that the weather has warmed up, I want to make sure pet owners, including ourselves, are extra prepared for fleas and ticks this year because No Bite Is Right™.
Photo Credit: Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund
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Fleas are becoming a rising concern across Canada, and they can spread many harmful diseases. Due to the mild winter we just had, flea and tick seasons are extended longer than normal. Did you know fleas can live up to 100 days and lay up to 50 eggs a day? On top of that, those pesky buggers can bite up to 400 times per day! So it’s no surprise that last year’s infestation was such a nightmare.
Bain, and Dogo Argentino’s in general, are commonly known to suffer from allergies and sensitive skin. Dogs can be allergic to flea saliva which can result in troublesome bald spots caused from scratching and chewing fur. If you have a flea infestation, those little insects can not only cause itching, discomfort, and open sores, but can also be a source of tapeworms and anemia.
Now that there’s been a shift in the weather, fleas are not the only issue. Ticks are another problem to look out for, and a situation I do not want to face with Bain in our lifetime. As with fleas, I’ve heard many horror stories that involve ticks. Lyme disease is one of the most well-known diseases transmitted by ticks, but did you know tick populations have grown 10 times in the past two decades within Canada? That leaves pets more susceptible to bites if proactive measures are not taken. If you feel that your pet has been bitten by a tick, symptoms to look for include pain, fatigue, and kidney failure.
According to a recent survey of Canadian pet owners, the #1 concern is avoiding the bite. So, what can do we do to protect our furry friends from these pests?
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Let’s take a look at the different methods available…
Systemic Products – Oral Treatment
– Taken orally, usually as a chewable treat
– Requires the flea / tick to bite your pet as the medication is running through the pet’s bloodstream
– The pest needs to keep feeding until it has ingested enough medication to be killed
– Leaves your pet vulnerable to diseases since they are transmitted through bites
Non-Systemic Products – Topical Treatment
– Does not require the pest to bite as it works on contact
– On contact, pests become uncoordinated allowing time for medication to kill the flea / tick
– Reduces the ability of fleas / ticks to bite or attach
– Reduces the chance of disease transmission
After last year’s infestation, we hope to educate others so that no other pet owner goes through the same ordeal. The hardest part for us was not noticing it sooner, as there were no signs of what is now called the Great Flea Infestation of 2015! You can learn more about what the best method of prevention is for your pet by speaking with your veterinarian.
Photo Credit: Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund
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How To Enter
Tweet #NoBiteIsRight, your vet’s city, the name of your vet’s clinic, and tag @Celeb_Dachshund between April 18 – May 6th. Each tweet is one vote with a limit of one vote per person per day. However, for an extra vote – tag a friend!
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