Ticks are blood-sucking parasites that can transmit very serious diseases. They are small, round, often shiny and can vary in colour, they are often mistaken for skin tags or lumps.
They lie in wait in long grass and vegetation and attach to a dog, cat or even a person as they brush past. Once attached they pierce a hole through the skin and feed on blood.
Ticks can cause allergic reactions or infections at the site of the bite if they are not removed properly. Lots of ticks can also lead to anaemia, especially in young animals.
Some ticks can also transmit nasty diseases.
These diseases include: Lyme disease, Babesiosis and Ehrlichiosis. If you notice any of these symptoms of these diseases and suspect your pet may have been bitten by a tick, contact your vet urgently for advice.
The most effective way to protect pets against tick-borne diseases is to use flea and tick prevention.
Our staff can advise you on a variety of prescription flea and tick options best suited for your pet, including collars, topical solutions, and tablets that kill and repel ticks. These products should only be used under a veterinarian's supervision and according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Other ways to help prevent ticks:
- Avoid long grassy areas - stick to paths or open spaces
- Avoid places known for ticks
- Regularly check your pet for ticks - most commonly found on the head, ears, armpits and belly.
- If visiting a new place, check how common ticks are in that area.
- Avoid exposing your skin while out for a walk – wear long sleeve tops, full length trousers.
- After walking, check your clothes for ticks and brush off any you find immediately.