Tick or Treat

Tick or Treat

Ticks are commonly more active in open 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 all year round.

What are ticks?

Ticks are small creatures that are closely related to spiders and can be predominantly found lurking in grassy areas, such as fields and meadows. They are parasites and so always require a host to feed from.

Ticks aren’t just pests that feast on your pets and cause them to itch; they can also be carriers of some serious diseases. The most common disease that they carry is a condition called Lyme disease. Lyme disease is caused by a serious bacteria which affects both muscle and nerve cells.

How can I tell if my pet has ticks?

After taking your dog for a walk or when you cat comes home, its a good idea to check them for ticks. You can do this by moving your hands over their bodies to check for any unusual small bumps particularly around their:

  • Ears
  • Head
  • Neck
  • Groin
  • Armpits
  • Feet.

Ticks vary in size, but you should be able to see their oval shaped body, which will get bigger as it fills with blood. Ticks may go inside a their ears, so if they are shaking their head a lot it’s worth having a careful look inside.

If you find a tick remove it immediately. You can buy a tick remover from us of phone any of our four surgeries and out qualified nurses will be able to remove them for you.

Prevention

There are many safe products on the market to prevent ticks; spot-ons, tablets, sprays and collars. Speak to us today for the best treatment.

2019-10-14T16:31:53+00:00