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LIONS FOUNDATION OF CANADA DOG GUIDES

Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides and its founding program, Canine Vision Canada, was established in 1983. It’s the largest school of its kind in Canada with its training school in Oakville and breeding facility in Breslau.

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Every Season Is Parasite Season

While the risk of parasite infestation does increase with rising temperatures, you can’t count on cooler weather to keep your pets and the rest of your family safe. Especially with the ongoing expansion of tick populations in Canada.

But ticks (and the nasty diseases they can carry) are not the only problem. Other external parasites that should concern you are fleas.

Then there are internal parasites – those small organisms that love to live in the intestines, stomach and other internal organs of pets. Internal parasites to worry about include heartworm and intestinal worms.

WHEN ARE PARASITES ACTIVE?

TICKS: Ticks can be active whenever the temperature is above freezing (0°C). When they’re active they can spread Lyme disease.

FLEAS: Fleas are active when the temperature is above 13°C, but indoors they can be active year-round!

HEARTWORM: Heartworm can be spread by mosquitoes whenever the temperature is above 14°C.

INTESTINAL WORMS: Some intestinal worm eggs can survive in the environment at ANY temperature.

With the above in mind, you can understand why it’s important to make sure your pets are protected throughout the year.

PARASITES AND SEASONS

During the summer months (June, July and August) as well as the fall months (September, October and November) the following parasites and diseases pose a real risk to pets:

  • Ticks
  • Fleas
  • Heartworm
  • Lyme Disease
  • Intestinal Worms

During the winter months (December, January and February) the following parasites and diseases pose a real risk to pets:

  • Ticks
  • Lyme Disease
  • Intestinal Worms

During the spring months (March, April and May) the following parasites and diseases pose a real risk to pets:

  • Ticks
  • Lyme Disease
  • Intestinal Worms
  • Fleas (less risk in March)

YEAR-ROUND PROTECTION IS VITAL

So, as you can see, year-round protection against the majority of parasites and diseases mentioned above is imperative.

The best way to protect your pets and the rest of your family is appropriate parasite control products suited to your pets. Factors to consider include age, location, health status and lifestyle.

Be sure to consult with your veterinarian for a comprehensive treatment that protects your pet against the most common kinds of parasites.

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