Tiny Pest – Big Bite!

Ticks are not just an occasional nuisance or a passing irritation for your pet. They should be given equal consideration to any other health-care issue. Responsible pet owners keep their animals vaccinated and wormed, they look after their pet’s dental health, and use regular flea control. But how many people realise that ticks can also be a very serious threat to the health of their pet?

Whether you live in the countryside, suburban areas, or in the city, if your pet goes in fields and woodland, in the park, or even in your garden, ticks may have the opportunity to attach.

There are a number of tick species in the UK which will readily attach to our pets, and can transmit disease to them. The most common of these are the sheep tick (Ixodes ricinus) and the hedgehog tick (Ixodes hexagonus). Both these species carry Borreliosis and other associated infections.

Tick bites can cause a variety of problems to animals. These can range from uncomfortable skin reactions and septic abscesses, to the transmission of diseases which can be a serious health threat, and in certain cases may prove fatal. Preventing tick attachment, and correctly removing any ticks that have attached, is key to preserving your pet’s health.

Canine LYme Disease is largely preventable through vaccination. Ask at your vets for more information.