We are in the midst of spring (although some days feel like summer already!) and more often than not we find ourselves outside with the family including our dogs, letting them roam around the yard and do what dogs love to do best - chase squirrels and play!

Spring means tick season. One day a couple of weeks back we brought in the dogs after some outside time and hubby noticed something weird on one of them - a grayish, hard bump on the back of their neck! With a closer look we realized it was a tick from outside! The dog must have gone in the brush at the back of the yard and a tick latched on. It wasn't there very long but the first thing that came to mind was Lyme Disease.

What is a tick? Ticks are tiny parasites that feed on blood. Unlike mosquito's and other insects that "bite and run", ticks latch on by burrowing their "teeth" into the skin and feed for hours or sometimes days before falling off once engorged. As gross as they sound it gets worse, ticks can also carry and spread Lyme Disease to both dogs and humans. Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi carried by smaller animals such as rodents which ticks also can feed from.
Did you know that Spring time is tick season and dogs are at risk of Lyme Disease? I knew this having pets growing up in the country but I honestly did not think of it until we saw that ugly parasite on our dog. Prevention is the most effective way to protect your pet and family against ticks and Lyme Disease.

K9 Avantix II is a topical treatment that protects dogs before ticks bite. The formula has been developed specifically for dogs by Bayer Animal Health and reduces the risk of parasite-transmitted diseases like Lyme Disease. 

K9 Avantix II kills many different species of ticks including Deer ticks, Rocky Mountain Wood ticks and American dogticks, Brown dog ticks and Lone Star ticks up to four weeks with each application. K9 Avantix II kills fleas within 24 hours and continues to protect for up to a month.

Our big girl Daizy is going to have a special "doggie spa day" and her own treatment soon enough and thanks to K9 Advantix II, she (and we) will enjoy a more worry-free summer!

Miss Daizy sitting pretty.

For more information about K9 Avantix II, visit the official website and Talk to your vet about K9 Advantix II at your pets next appointment! 

You can also follow @Bayer4animals on twitter and like the Bayer Animal Health Facebook page for the latest news on products and animal health. 

Win it!

Bayer Animal Health and K9 Avantix II want you and your furry friend to have a healthy, happy and fun summer! One lucky AME reader has the chance to win a "Dog Days of Summer" prize pack which has all kinds of fun things for your furry friend to enjoy including:

- Frisbee

- Chuck-it pro ball launcher

- Travel pet water bottle

- Chuck-i fetch wheeldog toy

- Dog brush

- Wing a ball rope dog toy

- Pick up bag dispenser with bags

- Blue health bar dog biscuits

Simply fill in the giveaway ballot below to be eligible to win! Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). One valid email per household. Giveaway ends June 30th, 2014.

By entering this giveaway you understand that should you win, your info will be shared with representatives of stated brand for prizing purposes only. Everything is always private on AME! 

Good Luck!

Posted in participation with Bayer Animal Health and K9 Avantix II. Sample treatment was provided as a thank you. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

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  1. Love just getting out and going for long walks with my two poodles. (Judy Cowan)

  2. My little guy is old now, so we enjoy laying in the sun together.

  3. We take them on long hikes with us in the summer. It's fun for the whole family!

  4. I love letting my dog go swimming at the lake or in the ocean.

  5. I think dog walking is the best. Or letting the dog take you for a walk, would you walk if you don't have a dog? :-) Great incentive.


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