Thursday, May 05, 2016

Keep Your Pet Safe from Fleas and Ticks this Season #NoBiteIsRight

This post is sponsored by No Bite is RightTM and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer NetworkTM. I am being compensated to help create awareness about Summer Safety and Protecting Pets against fleas and ticks, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. The blogger is responsible for the contents and not the sponsors mentioned above.


My girl loves to run and play at the dog park. I mean, our yard is pretty big, but the dog park is HUGE. It's a paradise of freedom for our pup, and it comes with a ton of friends to enjoy it with her. She also never says no to a long nature walk on a local trail through the woods or a romp through a grassy field. Dogs love to be active outdoors. It's great exercise for them and for us. But it comes with some risks as well. 
Risks including thirst. Always bring fresh water!
Have you ever had to deal with a case of fleas on your dog or cat? Not pleasant. I remember a particularly bad flea infestation my cat had when I was in university. I was lying on my bed, talking on the phone, and she was cuddling up next to me. Suddenly I saw movement. What the heck? Fleas! All over MY legs. I may have freaked out a bit. Once they've settled in, they aren't easy to evict, and they can take over your home pretty quickly. Fleas are irritating, and their bites are itchy and can become infected from scratching. They can also be a source of tapeworms. Yuck.

But ticks are even worse. Thank heavens none of our pets have had to deal with a tick bite, and we'd like to keep it that way. Ticks carry many diseases, the most talked about being the potentially deadly Lyme disease, but there are many others. Lyme disease has been declared endemic in southern parts of British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. It presents with symptoms of pain, fatigue, kidney failure and possibly even death. And the ticks that carry this disease seem to be moving further north each year, with a 10x overall population growth in the last two decades.1 They prefer the mild weather of spring and fall, so now is the time to take steps to keep our pets safe.

But how? Well, there are both oral and topical treatment options, and it's best to speak with your vet to determine which is right for your dog. The oral treatments are considered "systemic" as the medication is in the pet's bloodstream. This means it only affects the flea or tick after they have bitten and gotten some of that blood. Since the bite can have already transmitted disease, and most likely has already caused discomfort, you may want to consider moving to a topical, or "non-systemic" treatment. These topical medications affect the tick or flea as soon as they land on you pet, causing them to become uncoordinated, reducing the chance of biting and giving the treatment time to kill the pest. If the flea or tick can't bite, that greatly reduces the risk of disease transmission, preventing a lot of misery, pain. or even worse. If you can prevent that bite, why wouldn't you?
Image credit: No Bite Is Right & 
Crusoe The Celebrity Dachshund

For the record, we use a topical with Maxi, and have for years.

The No Bite is RightTM campaign is focused on educating Canadians about flea and tick prevention, and the distinctions between the different treatment options. Knowing how each approach works will allow you to have an informed discussion with your vet about what is right for your dog. Supporting this campaign is Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund, who has been touring Canadian cities over the past few weeks, spreading the word about flea and tick prevention and encouraging pet owners to talk to their vets pronto.

Crusoe has one more tour stop to go - and it's up to his fans to decide where that stop will be. You can enter to win an appearance by Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund at your vet’s clinic! Simply tweet #NoBiteIsRight, your vet’s city, the name of your vet’s clinic, and tag @Celeb_Dachshund between April 18-May 6. Each tweet is one vote with a limit of one vote per person per day. For an extra vote, tag a friend! For more details, check out www.NoBiteIsRight.com.

According to a recent survey of Canadian pet owners, their #1 concern is avoiding bites. The same survey found that 7 in 10 want protection that reduces the chances of bites, and 79% worry about disease transmission through the bite.2 This education campaign hopes to help Canadian pet owners find the answers they need, to our pets free from the pain and suffering these bites can bring.


When your dog likes to roll around in the grass like this, the fear of fleas and ticks and bites kind of rises. Even though she looks totally cute while she's doing it.

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We have our vet appointment next week, for her annual check-up, vaccinations, and flea & tick treatment. I'll feel better once that's done!

Get Social

To learn more about the campaign you can follow the hashtag #NoBiteIsRight on Twitter, and connect with Crusoe on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


(1) i Anderssen, Erin. How ticks became a major public health issue. Globe and Mail. August 9, 2015. Accessed online on March 15, 2015. Available at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/learning-tocope-with-a-tick-population-on-the-rise/article25878878/.


Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bayer, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine.

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