Keep you and your dog safe from ticks

inspect-remove-ticks-dogsWhat are ticks?

Ticks are second only to mosquitoes when it comes to spreading infectious disease spread to pets and humans. They are small creatures that are closely related to spiders and are usually in grassy areas. They are parasites so always require a host to feed from and can also pick up disease and then pass it onto another mammals (including humans). UK ticks can carry Lyme disease, a serious condition caused by serious bacteria, which affects both muscle and nerve cells.

How do I know if my dog has ticks?

Your dog may have lameness, fever and lethargy while humans may show a rash, joint pain, fever, and headaches. If left untreated, it can result in an extremely serious illness.

When are ticks active?

Ticks are commonly more active in open (as well as woodland and urban) areas in spring and autumn. But don’t be fooled into thinking they’re just a warm weather problem; they can, in fact, be found in your dog’s environment throughout the year. It’s  important protect your pet against the risk of ticks.

Can I prevent my dog from getting ticks?

There are many safe products on the market to prevent ticks: from spot-ons and sprays, to special collars impregnated with substances that infiltrate into the fatty layer in your dog’s skin, killing ticks when they attempt to feed and get their first mouthful of anti-parasitically treated blood. When returning home from areas such as parks and woodlands, check your pet’s body for signs of any visitors. If you find a tick on your dog remove it with a tick removal tool.