Flea and tick rates have continued to rise at alarming rates across the country in 2017, creating hotbeds in urban areas like Toronto, Kingston and Vancouver. The year-over-year increase is linked to changing climates and wildlife populations providing more suitable breeding environments. This urban invasion is leading to more cases of ticks biting humans and their pets, increasing the need for tick solutions.
“It’s become a major public health issue for dogs and their owners, as it only takes 24 hours for your pet to be infected with Lyme disease or any number of illnesses after a bite,” explains Dr. Clayton Greenway, an advocate for the No Bite is Right educational campaign. “And the same ticks that find your pet can also transmit that disease to your children, whether you live in the city or country.”
Greenway helps raise awareness for flea and tick treatments that kill parasites through contact, before they have a chance to bite.
“I’m always explaining to my friends and clients how simple and essential the products are — it’s a no brainer,” he says. “From a financial perspective, the cost of medication every season is marginal compared to treating Lyme disease or another life-long illness in an animal.”
Greenway has witnessed the influx of flea and tick cases first hand working as a veterinarian at a Toronto animal clinic.
“I’ve removed more ticks from dogs in the last year than I have in the previous decade. I’m also careful to check my own dogs for ticks in their fur after every park visit, which is at least once a day.”
Find more information at www.nobiteisright.ca.