TICK PREVENTION for Dogs | Lyme Disease American Dog Tick | Nexgard Advantix

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alright so today I wanted to talk about

a subject that's really irrelevant now

that we're well into spring and almost

into summer and that is taste you've

probably heard about ticks and I'm not a

professional by any means and anything I

say on this channel is for information

purposes only

I of course advise that you consult your

vet for any medication or for further

information so it takes our little

insects from the arachnids class I know

if I'm pronouncing that correctly but

basically they're little insects that

latch on to animals or to humans also

and then they suck the blood from your

dog and y-you want to look out for that

is because they can transmit diseases

they're also known to latch onto deers

and that's why they ultimately can

transmit diseases to your dog and to

humans also you can look out for ticks

in woody areas grassy areas any forest

field they're particularly common in the

US there's a lot of areas that are

infested with ticks right now so I would

advise that you check your local

information to see if there's any

notices out for ticks

they're starting to become more and more

common here in Canada and we've actually

had a tick experience with Milton last

summer but we were in New York but I'll

get into that story in a moment so the

areas you want to avoid obviously is

grassy areas just be careful whenever

your dog is also chewing on grass

because ticks can also be hiding in

grass and then end up in your dog's

mouth so when we were visiting New York

last summer just on a pit stop coming

back from New York so pit stops are

really short it's usually just we Park

we make them pee just

and then we go back in the car and try

yeah she found a tick on Milton's face

right from that little walk and it was

very scary very disgusting but we were

able to remove it pretty fast but a few

days later we actually found a second

tick on her back so that's why I'm

saying be careful because they can hide

in areas that are more difficult for you

to see and that's also something very

important is that you should check your

dog after every walk and I know that's a

bit intense but you really want to

prevent any tick bites because diseases

can be transmitted within three to six

hours that of tick was latched on to

your dog and why you should be careful

for tick bites if they can actually

transmit diseases that are pretty

harmful for your dog such as a Lyme

disease that's the most common one and

it's the one that we want to look out

for the most that disease can cause

stiffness swollen joints loss of

appetite fever and fatigue and when it's

left untreated it can be even worse

symptoms however if you are able to

detect it pretty early on then it can be

treated with antibiotics but even then

you still want to avoid your dog getting

fever or anything so our vet always

suggests and we also go by that to use

tick prevention medication this is gonna

be her keys third year on tick

prevention the first two years we use

Advantix which is a topical solution it

basically comes in little capsules and

it's an oil so you actually put that

between your dog's shoulder blades and

along the spine as well so it's an oil

it's gonna absorb off the surface of the

skin everywhere in your dog and your dog

basically becomes a shield for ticks

that medication is topical so it

actually killed the taste and also fleas

on contact it protects against Lonestar

take black legged tick American dog tick

and drum tick as well and offer some

food protection also a lot of that

prefer giving Advantix I feel because it

kills the ticks on contact and you don't

need to bother about take bites

however inventx is not recommended if

you have a cat at home since it is toxic

for cats

Milton last year also did Advantix but

we decided this year to

change to another medication just

because they did not react very well to

Advantix last year and that's just

because it's a topical solution so we

noticed that they became very very itchy

on their back every time we used

Advantix on them and they always felt

like scratching back and milton was

acting very frantic each time we gave

them the solution and she would really

not enjoy and she felt very

uncomfortable on her back she kept

wanting to scratch her back and was

unable to actually relieve that itch so

that's why we're switching this year to

an oral solution which is next guard so

our treatments this year actually come

in a pack like this we have the next

guard for the ticks but we also have the

heart guard which we take every year and

that's for heartworm prevention so the

girls are actually do to have their

first rule tablet of next guard today

and I'm actually going to use just one

box because both of them have the same

dosage since they're in the same weight

bracket so I'm going to show you what it

looks like I open it on the wrong side

it looks like it's pretty small and it's

smaller than the hard guard that we

usually give them so these are soft

chewable tablets basically and they're

really small they're built this thing

and they smell really strong like beef

jerky whose melted that's melted that's

right okay girls so Advantix is usually

recommended for pups over eight weeks of

age and at least four pounds whereas

next start is okay for puppies as young

as seven weeks old but still at least

four pounds after you give them any sort

of medication like this you should also

watch for any side effects it's normal

that don't feel lethargic after so if

their activity and excitement level is

reduced don't be alarmed it's probably

because of this so as you can see they

like the taste of their next guard and

now I wanted to touch on how to remove a

tick you can see that a tick is really

really small when it's not attached on

your dog but once it attaches on your

dog and it has a drink of blood its body

is gonna get really enlarged it's really

gross and of course a reflex when you

see a tick on your dog is to just yank

it out but you have to be really careful

how you remove it because if

it's yanked out too quickly or too

abruptly the teeth of the ticks can

still latch on to your dog's skin and

stay buried underneath the skin you

won't even be able to see it and the

right technique to do it is to take

either a pair of really thin tweezers

and grab the ticks head as close as

possible to the skin and then remove it

in an upright and steady mode you can

also find these kind of devices to help

you remove ticks or your vet may also

have some instruments to help you remove

the tick this is from the Zen pet and

this is a double pack actually there's

two sizes of tweezers inside they say

this is a safe and easy way to remove

ticks you hook you twist a new lift it

says that it allows you to remove ticks

without leaving mouth parts of the tick

in the skin without squeezing the tick

of thus reducing the risk of infection

and there's no chemicals it's quick

'less and painless this is actually

something that you should ask your vet

also because I've heard that you

shouldn't twist the tick when you're

moving it so just make sure you double

check out that but I've heard that the

two techniques are either these kind of

devices or other tweezers and you grab

that take really really close to the

skin and then remove in one swift

movement when we found the tick on

Milton's face we were just able to flick

it away because it hadn't even had time

to bite or latch on to anything but the

one on her back we were actually able to

remove with tweezers and it was really

gross after that we went to the vet and

they said that after a tick bites you

can only test for Lyme disease about six

months after so he waited after all that

period and then she didn't have any

symptoms so we're just gonna keep her on

the tick medication and she should be

fine according to me but if you have any

doubt whatsoever please go check your

vet and ask for any testing to be done

please note that Lyme disease can also

cause paralysis so we want to watch out

for that so if you should take a tick

prevention medication for as long as

there isn't snow on the ground so here

in Montreal Canada

the vets used to recommend six months a

year to be on tick medication but right

now since there's less and less snow

they recommend using tick prevention for

up to nine months per year so just turn

on those air

if there's no snow in your area perhaps

you should even go on 12 months per year

lastly my tip to prevent any ticks and

tick bites is to always check your dog

as I mentioned after any walk just pass

your fingers through any skin area and

look in the ears in the mouth and just

look for any sort of bump and if there's

a bump

usually there could be a tick but just

watch out and be careful so that's it

for our tick prevention video I hope

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