It’s not hard to love our pets. For many of us, pets are part of our family. We celebrate their birthdays, prepare healthy meals for them and do our best to help them live long, happy lives.
Let me introduce you to our fur-family and share why they’re so important to us. Then, I’m going to tell you about one, easy action you can take that could save your dog or cat’s life this summer.
Patty – Furkid #1
The first member of our fur-family is Patty. Patty is a rescue cat who lived rough on the streets for a year or so before we rescued him from the pound. We fell in love with Patty the moment we met him. Patty is the ultimate cat-dog. If the dogs are doing something, he wants to be involved. He’ll just wander on over and get himself in the photo/ activity / whatever is happening. Even if friends are visiting with dogs he’ll stick his nose in to find out what’s going on. Beneath his rugged, cat-dog exterior he’s still a mummy’s boy and loves a good cuddle every night.
Kiki – Furkid #2
Kiki was, let’s say an “accidental rescue”. We went to our local pet store to pick up some supplies for Patty. This store helped with overflow rescues from the local pound and had a litter of very sick kitties come in off the street. The store owner told us about them and of course, we had to take a peek. Kiki won us over immediately and our trip to the pet store ended with an unexpected but delightful outcome.
Fella (aka Foofy) – Furkid # 3
Foofy is our little chocolate sausage dog, who thinks she’s human. Take her to the park and she’ll play with the humans. That’s not to say she doesn’t love dogs but she just loves people. Foofy is at her happiest when she has her little sister by her side and her humans close by.
Tidda (aka Mike) – Furkid #4
Tidda, Tids, Mike, Michael, Mikey is a cheeky, smart girl who is impossible not to fall in love with. She’s obsessed with Patty. OBSESSED. She loves Patty more than anything else. Foofy is a close second. She’s the baby of the family but the protector of us all.
Not all surprises are good
We’ve had some tough times with our beautiful fur-kids over the years. Being a former ‘street-cat’, Patty is near impossible to keep indoors. He’ll scratch the door down if he’s not let outside in the morning. He’s often come home with some pretty awful wounds from his adventures. We’re fortunate though as he comes home every afternoon for din-dins and will stay inside peacefully for the night.
Patty’s bumps and scrapes have been minor compared to our challenges with Kiki and Foofy. About four years ago Kiki had an accident at home. Simply by jumping off a bench she sustained an injury to her leg with catastrophic consequences. Treatment choices were to put her down, amputate her leg or have extensive surgery followed by a long rehabilitation. We chose surgery and after 6 months rehabilitation and a shiny new bionic leg, Kiki is living the life any cat should.
And then last year, our beloved Foofy become fully paralysed from IVDD. Again, we opted for comprehensive surgery and extended rehabilitation. Foofy remains somewhat disabled but she’s fully independent and loving life.
We know there are things we simply can’t protect our pets from. What happened to Kiki and Foofy was simply bad luck. We could not have done anything at all to prevent Kiki’s injury or Foofy’s disease.
What we can do is protect our cats and dogs from deadly tick paralysis and fleas. As well as flea allergy dermatitis, a common skin disease caused by – blurgh – flea saliva.
No dog or cat should die from tick paralysis in Australia
We’ve long advocated for paralysis tick and flea prevention products. Sadly, a very (very, very) long time ago we had a family pet die from paralysis tick. That’s another story for another time.
Now, we use Bravecto Spot-on for Dogs for Foofy and Tids. We love this product as it protects them against paralysis ticks and fleas for six months. And I must say the flea protection is a huge bonus as we live in a sandy area where fleas thrive in the warm months.
And, Patty and Kiki are protected by Bravecto Spot-on for Cats, which is the only treatment in Australia to protect cats for up to three months against paralysis ticks and fleas with one, easy spot-on. Yup, it’s that easy!
Applying Bravecto Spot-on for Dogs and Bravecto Spot-on for Cats
This is easy too! You’re going to need:
- Cat and / or dog;
- Bravecto Spot-on for Cats (dosage to suit in weight range 1.2kg to 12.5kg) and/ or Bravecto Spot-on for Dogs (dosage to suit in weight range 2kg – 56kg);
- Scissors (to cut open the sachet);
- Treats for good bois and girls.
Application is supaw easy with the simple twist’n’use tube. All you’ll need to do is rotate the twist’n’use cap (it doesn’t come off), part the hair of your cat or dog and gently apply the product. Depending on the size of your pet, product may be applied in one spot or up to three down the spine. Easy – really easy – to follow instructions are included.
Viola! You’re done. Boop the pets and go make yourself a cuppa, you deserve it knowing you’ve done the right thing in protecting your precious pets against deadly paralysis ticks and nasty fleas.