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.