With the onset of Autumn weather, you may be tempted to start dropping your guard against ticks, but did you know that the late summer and early autumn is the peak time for pesky parasites such as ticks?
Ticks generally live in wooded or forested areas, grass, bushes, undergrowth, meadows and clearings, but can also be found anywhere there is grass (along wildlife paths, lawns, parks…)
Ticks are unable to jump so rely on animals and people to brush past so they can attach and feed. Once the ticks attach to an animal or human they remain in place feeding for up to 3 days, they only fall off once they are engorged.
Ticks can be problematic, they can cause a marked tissue reaction at the attachment site which can be become infected.
Ticks can also cause Lyme disease is one of the most common tick- transmitted diseases in the world. It is caused by a spirochete (bacteria) species of the Borrelia burgdorferi group.
Dominant clinical feature in dogs is recurrent lameness due to inflammation of the joints. There may also be a lack of appetite and depression. More serious complications include damage to the kidney, and rarely heart or nervous system disease.
What to do if you find a tick on your pet
In order to minimise the risk of tick borne diseases, regular applications of spot on treatments will both kill ticks and also help repel them.
Additionally it is a good idea to routinely check your pet’s coat for ticks.
Please see a member of staff for advice on the best tick control treatment for your pets!
How to remove a tick
It is a good idea to remove the tick as soon as possible, minimising the disease risks. It is important to make sure the mouth part of the tick is removed along with the body.
You should never try to pull, squeeze or burn the tick to remove it. Specially designed tick removers are really effective.
You slide the v shaped hook under the tick and then twist the hook until the tick is released.
Alternatively you can arrange an appointment to see one of our skilled nurses who will remove the tick for you.
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