Protect Your Pets from Ticks and Lyme Disease
Powered by Mom and her furry family want you know how to protect your pets so that they can be healthy and happy for years to come. We also have a wonderful giveaway to share with you that is perfect for the Dog Days of Summer. Read on to find out more!
Did you know that your pets can be at risk from getting Lyme Disease if you don’t protect them? It’s important that as pet owners we all know more about Lyme Disease, symptoms, how to treat it and better yet how to prevent our pets from getting it!
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
Dogs can become sick from Lyme Disease and in some cases the results can be quite serious. Take a look at the symptoms below.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease 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
Here’s one of our two dogs Little Zeus aka “LZ”, he’s a bit of a diva as I’m sure you’ve guessed LOL. We love them all and he’s protected from ticks and Lyme Disease!
Lyme Disease Symptoms In People
- Symptoms usually occur within 1-2 weeks after a tick bite, and occur in three stages
- The first sign of infection is a distinct “bulls-eye” rash (erythema), which occurs in 70-80 per cent of cases
- Other early symptoms include: fever, headache, chills, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and swollen lymph nodes
- If untreated, Lyme disease can last months to years and include symptoms as severe as arthritis, heart irregularities, and nervous system disorders
- Fatalities from Lyme disease are rare
Don’t worry there are ways to protect you and your dog from ticks and thus Lyme disease and prevention is the BEST way tot do that!
Evidence of or history of tick exposure and/or blood tests are used for diagnosis
Prevention is the most effective way to protect humans and dogs against Lyme disease so that you’re not one of those pet owners falling short of protecting their dog. Did you know that only 6%* of dog owners recognize the symptoms of Lyme Disease? I know we all want to do better than that as 95% of dog owners consider their dogs part of their family, just like we do. Our dogs Luna and Little Zeus are most definitely an important part of our family and we do what we canto protect them.
Our dogs are protected K9 Advantix which is a highly effective parasticide that fights external parasites, repelling ticks, sand flies, mosquitoes and stable flies before they can bite. The formula has been developed specifically for dogs and reduces the risk of parasite-transmitted diseases, like Lyme Disease. It is easy to use as it’s a waterproof topical application that you apply to your dog’s skin and it does the work for us.
For people check out some great tips on the CDC website HERE which mentions such tips as knowing where ticks might be, using a DEET based insect repellant and more.. Remember to protect your furry family by taking preventative action like utilizing such products as K9 Advantix and following some simple tips for yourself too.
Now for the fun one lucky reader will receive the following Dog Days of Summer Fun gift basket so that they and their favourite dog can enjoy some outdoor activity and more!
- Chuckit Pro Ball Launcher
- Travel Pet Water Bottle
- Chuckit! Fetch WheelDog Toy
- Dog Brush
- Wing a Ball Rope Dog Toy
- Pick-Up Bag Dispenser & Bags
- Dog Biscuits – BLUE Health Bars
Now enter on the rafflecopter below, make sure to do the mandatory entries as we will be checking and GOOD LUCK!
** From March 31st to April 3rd 2014 an online survey was conducted among 1,011 randomly selected Canadian adults who are dog owners and primarily or jointly responsible for the overall care of their dog(s), and who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The results have been statistically weighted according to age, gender and region profiling data for dog owners to ensure a sample representative of the dog owners responsible for maintenance of their dogs. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.