A dog walking in the forest.

WHY TICKS ARE A THREAT TO YOUR PET

Did you know?

  • Ticks are members of the spider family.
  • Ticks are found in both rural and urban areas.
  • They can live for years and feed on the blood  of up to three hosts in one lifetime.
  • Ticks are a year round threat.
  • Ticks are second only to the Mosquitoes in transmitting infectious diseases to humans and animals and some of these diseases can kill.

HOW YOUR PET PICKS UP TICKS

  • Cats and Dogs pick up ticks from Areas such as Gardens, Parks, Woods and Heaths.
  • Ticks attach to your pet, usually where hair is thin , and feed on their blood for up to 10 days at a time.
  • At the site of attachment ticks can cause irritation, inflammation and infection.

TICKS CAN BE DIFFICULT TO SPOT

  • The larvae and nymph stages of the tick lifecycle are very small indeed and very hard to spot on your pet.
  • The grooming behaviour of cats means that ticks are often removed before you spot them.
  • Even adult ticks are hard to spot and can be the size of a sesame seed.
  • A national survey in the UK showed that 15% of dogs were carrying ticks unknown to their owners.

TICKS ARE A GROWING PROBLEM IN THE UK AND IRELAND

  • Tick numbers are rising across the UK and Ireland because of changing climate, habitat change sand increased number of hosts such as Deer.
  • 43% of owners have seen ticks on their dogs.
  • Ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme diseases, which affects people too.

HOW TO PROTECT YOU AND YOUR PET

  • Treat your pet with a product that is effective against ticks regularly throughout the year
  • Check your pet for ticks particularly after a walk, pay attention to the areas around the head, neck and tummy.
  • Protect yourself and your family by covering up exposed skin when walking in areas where ticks likely to be present.
  • Remove attached ticks using a specific tick removal device, never attempt to burn, pull or cut the tick off with your fingers.
  • Always go to your Veterinary clinic for advice on treatment for your pet and they will also stock the best products on the market.