The wonderful people at Bayer recently provided me with important information that all pet parents should be aware of. Now that summer is here, we are in the height of tick season. And ticks mean possible Lyme disease - a definite threat to both humans and to our beloved pets. I welcome you to get to know what the disease is about and the facts about Ticks. "Tick Trivia", although we all know Lyme disease is far from trivial.
What Is Lyme Disease?
- Bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi
- Transmitted to dogs and humans by ticks during the feeding process
- The most common vector-borne disease in Europe, Asia, the US and Canada
In 2009, Lyme disease became a nationally reportable disease in Canada, meaning healthcare professionals should report cases of Lyme disease to the Public Health Agency of Canada
How Do You “Catch” Lyme Disease?
- Ticks live in and around grassy and wooded areas, where they come into contact with people and pets
- Ticks become infected when they feed on smaller animals like rodents and small mammals that carry the bacteria
- Lyme disease is carried by the Western Blacklegged tick and the Blacklegged tick (commonly known as “deer ticks”)
- It usually takes about 24 hours of feeding to transmit infection, so the prompt detection and removal of ticks is important to the prevention of Lyme disease
- The disease cannot be spread between humans or from dogs to human.
Lyme Disease Symptoms In Dogs
Dogs are just as likely to contract Lyme disease as people. In fact, many symptoms of Lyme disease are experienced by both dogs and humans.
- Loss of appetite
- Lameness (may occur at the same time or may occur later)
- Enlargement of the lymph nodes (usually generalized enlargement)
- Skin signs
- Heart disease, kidney problems and neurological signs are reported in rare cases
THE TRUTH ABOUT TICKS *
Ticks are tiny bugs that feed on blood. Unlike mosquitoes and spiders that “bite and run”, ticks attach by burrowing their mouth parts into the skin, where they feed for hours or sometimes days before falling off once engorged.
- Ticks move slowly and cannot fly, usually coming into contact with people and animals in grassy or wooded areas
- In Canada, climate change has caused the range of ticks able to carry Lyme disease to expand from a limited area of Ontario to include regions from coast-to-coast
- The blacklegged tick - known as the Deer tick - is commonly found in North America and is known to be a carrier of several animal and human diseases, including Lyme disease
- Bites are generally painless and symptom-free, and ticks are so tiny (1-5 mm when unfed) they often go undetected
- Dogs are at higher risk for tick bites because of their increased exposure to tick habitats
- Compounding the risk of Lyme disease is that most dog owners don’t know how to recognize a tick bite or the symptoms of Lyme disease, (SEE ABOVE) and would not know when to see their veterinarian.
Disclosure: I was sent a K9 ADVANTIX ll for Oscar, with the correct formula based on his weight. It's comforting knowing he is being protected from the ticks in my area, especially in the regions where we go hiking outside of the city limits.
BAYER K9 ADVANTIX II® END WORRIES WITH ONE DROP
Bayer innovation has developed a product specifically for dogs to protect against external parasites, including ticks. Bayer K9 Advantix II provides dog owners with:
- Waterproof topical protection against ticks and fleas through a combination of three active ingredients, imidacloprid, pyriproxyfen and permethrin
- Attacks parasites’ nerve cells, paralyzing and killing them on contact.
This is a simple and affordable solution that kills ticks, including Deer ticks (vector of Lyme disease),Rocky Mountain Wood ticks and American dogticks (vectors of Rocky Mountain spotted fever), Brown dog ticks (vector of Ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever) and Lone Star ticks (vector of Ehrlichiosis) for up to four weeks with each application. It also kills fleas on dogs within 24 hours and continues to protect for a month
Fast, convenient, and effective, K9 Advantix II allows dogs to enjoy worry-free outdoor fun.
Thank you Bayer for the protection that Oscar needed. And thank you for the great prize package you have for one lucky reader!! It's a fun gift basket full of treats and toys for your beloved pooch. (Valued at $100) NOTE: It is only open to Canadian readers, as it is from Bayer Canada.
(*Davis, Charles Patrick, MD, PhD. “Ticks”. eMedicineHealth. Web 5 Apr. 2013.)