Today we’ll be taking a closer look at ticks, which can be very dangerous for both dogs and humans.
Ticks can carry a whole host of dangerous diseases including Lyme Disease and a bunch of others I can’t pronounce.
The scary part is that tick-borne illnesses are on the rise, especially here in Canada since ticks are moving farther north with climate change and migrating animals.
And contrary to what many people believe, it’s not just in rural areas.
So now let’s take a look at the two types of preventive medications, because there’s some key differences.
The first kind, systemic medications, are taken orally and work through the bloodstream, while non-systemic are applied topically and work on the skin.
Taken as a chewable treat, the systemic kind spreads the medication through the bloodstream, meaning a tick still MUST bite to be able to ingest enough blood for the medication to take effect. And if the tick is biting, there’s still the chance it could transmit disease.
Now let’s take a look at the other kind…
Meanwhile, with non-systemic the medication is dispersed through the skin and and starts working through contact BEFORE ticks start biting.
So what is the takeaway?
That’s right; #NoBiteIsRight.
So, when I had my tick, I was on the first type here (systemic). I’m now on non-systemic prevention and so far so good. I’m not saying you should do EXACTLY as I do, since every dog is different, but now that you know the differences, you’re more informed for the next time you talk to your vet.