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Good weather means more ticks for our pets - so let us help you.

We have recently seen a huge increase in ticks among our pets this year due to the higher than normal temperatures.

At the practice I have been removing ticks from as early as February.

Wherever you live in the UK there is a risk your dog or cat could pick up ticks.

Ticks can be found in long grass, parks, meadows, woodlands and kennels.

Often they will attach to your dog or cat's skin where the coat is thin such as around the face, ears or close to the ground such as on the paws.

When they have attached they will engorge themselves on your dog's blood causing their body to swell.

During feeding ticks can transmit disease, including Lymes disease, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis and Ehrlichiosis.

These can be a serious risk to not only your pet but also your health.

There are four different common types of ticks in the UK: sheep tick (ixodes ricinus) this is the most common tick found in grassland, moorland, heath and woodland, found in suburban and urban areas.

This type of tick can transmit Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis.

Hedgehog tick (Ixodes hegagonus) Parks and gardens, even urban areas. This tick can transmit Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis.

Marsh tick and brown dog tick - not as common in the UK although can still be found, mostly in grasslands, pastures, woodlands and kennels.

If you happen to find a tick on your pet, the best thing to use is a tick remover, this is something your vet will have.

We have seen a few patients where owners try to remove the tick with tweezers etc which unfortunately snaps the tick leaving behind the mouth piece.

The tick will not grow back however this can potentially become infected. If you have any doubt about removing ticks please make an appointment to see your vet.

The great news is there are parasiticide treatments that can kill ticks.

This could be a spoton treatment or a tablet. If ticks are killed quickly this can reduce the potential risks of tick-borne disease transmission.

However not all tick treatments will kill and prevent all four common types of ticks, so the best thing to do would be to consult your vet to ensure your furry family member is receiving the correct and gold standard preventative treatment.


Advice Vet Kerry

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 30, 2019
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