Tips for Pet Owners: Tick Bites and Lyme Disease Prevention + Giveaway

If you’re planning on spending time outdoors this Spring and Summer and have a pet that enjoys time outside, it’s time to think about tick bite and Lyme disease prevention.

According to a recent survey of 1,011 Canadian dog owners, 93 per cent say they would do anything they could to keep their dog happy and healthy (buying premium dog food, spending on treats and toys and making appointments for professional grooming sessions).

Pet Tick and Lyme Disease Prevention Tips Bayer K9 Advantix II

When it comes to preventing Lyme disease however, 56 percent say they’ve never discussed the dangers posed by ticks with their vet even though 64 percent of those surveyed said they’d buy monthly topical treatments to protect their pets if the vet recommended it.

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 however are very rare.

What are Ticks?

Ticks are blood sucking parasites with some carrying infectious organisms that cause arthritis and Lyme disease. Unlike mosquitos and spiders, ticks feed for hours and sometimes days once they attach themselves to skin.

There are usually found near grassy or wooded areas and the most common tick in North America is the Deer Tick (Blacklegged Tick).

What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is an infection caused by bacteria which is transmitted to dogs and humans by ticks during the feeding process.

In 2009, Lyme disease became a nationally reportable disease in Canada and all healthcare professionals must report cases to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease

In Dogs:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • 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

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

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 humans

Tick Bite and Lyme Disease Prevention Bayer K9 Advantix II

How to Prevent Pets Against Lyme disease

Bayer has developed a product specifically for dogs to protect against external parasites, including ticks.

Bayer K9 Advantix II is a water proof topical treatment that:

  • Protects against ticks and fleas
  • Attacks parasites’ nerve cells, paralyzing and killing them on contact
  • Kills ticks, including Deer ticks, Rocky Mountain Wood ticks and American dogticks, Brown dog ticks and Lone Star ticks for up to four weeks with each application
  • Kills fleas on dogs within 24 hours and continues to protect for a month

Our dog has used Advantix for several years and it gives us peace of mind that she’s protected and can enjoy as much time as she wants outside.

To learn more about how ticks might affect your dog, go here

For more information about Bayer Advantix, check out their website.

Win a Dog Days of Summer Swag Bag

To celebrate the start of warmer weather and more outdoor play time for pets, one lucky Along Came Kids reader will win a Dog Days of Summer Swag Bag (ARV $100) which includes:

  • Frisbee
  • 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

Giveaway is open to Canadian readers only and ends on June 18, 2014 at 11:59PM EST.

Let me know whether you’ve ever considered tick prevention for your pets in the comments below. You can gain extra entries by using the form below.

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  1. Brandee H says

    I have never considered Lyme Disease prevention for my pet. But this is a conversation I should definitely be having with my family and our vet!

  2. Melinda L. says

    I have considered it since we do a lot of hiking and bushwacking, it will definitely help. Need to get on it!

  3. Darlene Schuller says

    I have actually had prevention/treatment for previous dogs. However, my dog is a teacup chihuahua and up until about 2 years ago we lived in the subs of Chandler Arizona, he would go out do his business and no lingering lol. But now, we were discussing this Saturday night that it’s something we may have to look into for him.

  4. Barbara Hutcheson says

    *******i have never considered Lyme disease protection for my pets. My pets rarely visit the vet and they are completely fine & healthy. I think vets over vaccinate when not necessary******

  5. alan h says

    Yes I Have considered tick bite or Lyme disease prevention for my pets as I have picked ticks off myself and pet before and a friend of mine suffers from Lyme disease.

  6. Erika E says

    I have considered it and I treat them in the spring every year. I think it’s important and well worth preventing ticks and Lyme disease.

  7. Surso S. says

    i never thought about tick bite/lyme disease, Ive had many dogs in my lifetime and they always went offroading with me, I never had one get a tick so it hasnt really been on my mind.

  8. Gillian Moegan says

    I have considered protection for my pets because I want my pets to be protected from everything possible.

  9. Elaine R says

    Yes I use Lyme prevention for my dog but only if we are travelling to provinces that are known to have ticks. Perhaps I should be using it all the time.

  10. michelle tremblett says

    No we have never considered it in the past but we will look into it for sure, ive heard more and more mention of it :/

  11. Holly Wright says

    In Ontario there is a lyme disease shot, and we
    definitely had it given to our dog when she got her
    annual shots!

    • Tricia Dickie says

      My Dog is 14 years old now – and we have only had to remove 1 tick from her – EVER! I believe that prevention is the key. Careful grooming and keen eyes help – especially since Haley is black and to see a tick on her is near impossible – until they swell up!

  12. sarah miller says

    I treat my dog every year! We spend a lot of time outdoors at the cottage and I truly believe it is a necessary treatment!

  13. Lucretia-Ann says

    Love my dogs to death, they are like my children! They would love this little prize pack especially cause one of their birthdays is coming up in 2 weeks! What a great birthday gift this would make for him! Thanks for the contest opportunity!

  14. Edith says

    We always consider Lyme disease prevention for our dog….every year we have him vaccinated against Lyme disease and use Advantix.

  15. Lynda Cook says

    I really should get something, but right at the time it is to costly, but I do check them and everything is good and they aren’t out to much

  16. M Thompson says

    No but it is something that people who take their pets to cottages and wooded areas should consider.

  17. Brenda Penton says

    I’ve never considered it before because I didn’t think there was Lyme Disease in NL, but I’ve just read that a dog was confirmed to have it here in 2004, so I am definitely going to check into it now.

  18. Amy Lynn says

    Yes I have, we give him all the medications he needs to stay healthy. Hes not just a pet hes family, and we want him healthy.

  19. Kayla Gilbert says

    Yes, I have thought of it, because when I was younger, our family dog had some ticks problems of her own.

  20. Donna Connors says

    Now that the warmer weather is here my dog and cat are checked every night for ticks… we have found some and we use a soap mixture to free the bugs out and then we burn them.

  21. Amy C says

    I have talked to my vet about tick bite and Lyme disease prevention because I’m always worried when a tick bites one of my dogs.

  22. Heather H says

    I have never thought of it before, have not heard it being a problem in my area of living – however, you can never be too safe !

  23. Julie says

    yes we have talked about it with our vet and we use this on our pet we live in florida and they are here on the deers and in the woods

  24. Andrea Lamont says

    I have to be honest, I hadn’t really thought about it, but we have 2 dogs, so I guess I better!

  25. Jennifer I says

    Ticks aren’t very common where we live but I have heard of a few dogs getting them from the off leash park. We always treat our pups when we leave Alberta but are now concidering doing it year round

  26. darci says

    I haven’t I thought the vets checked when they did the yearly checkup it is a good idea to keep up on it especially because they run through the woods all summer!

  27. Joy says

    we have in the past – but vet trips are expensive…we would definitely consider it because our pets are very important to us!

  28. Robyn Bellefleur says

    Yes, I have. I own 3 dogs and I would hate it if one of them got lyme disease and I could have prevented it.

  29. Denise Klay says

    Yes I am treating my own pet for these and many other things this is a very serious thing and is not costly if you treat it yourself.

  30. Aimee says

    I haven’t thought about it till now. We should try to prevent it in our dog. We go to the lake a lot.

  31. Nancy T says

    I have an indoor cat that NEVER goes out. My mom has a dog though and she lives on a farm so ticks and fleas are around – she hasn’t used any tick/flea prevention.

  32. Dawn walsh says

    Oh yes we do this regularly as we live in the country and go hiking Our dog has been biten before