Ticks………nasty little insects….
We are currently still in tick season and from September through to November tick activity is high and their population increases so tick prevention and treatment is really important for our pets as ticks are vectors for certain diseases, read the following link from the kennel club.
Parts of the UK have particularly higher risk areas so research the risk where you may be visiting or walking in before you go.
Both animals and humans can get bitten by ticks and as tick borne disease has increased we must all be more vigilant if walking in higher risk areas. Most people believe an animal needs direct contact with another animal but unfortunately ticks will be crawling on vegetation and then attach to a passing host, human or animal
Thankfully tick treatments are available for both cats and dogs in various forms, spots on, oral medication and collars.
Going to Europe or high risk areas you may want to repel ticks from biting in high risk areas then a collar bought specifically from veterinary surgeons is available. If tick treatment isn’t appropriate for your pet for any reason then having a tick removal hook at home is important so grooming after a walk and combing will help and removing the tick quickly once attached is really important to try and prevent transmission of disease organisms. It is important to remove them using a proper tick hook.
Tick bites in humans are also significant. The following link is useful wrt to human risks also.
Please feel free to contact the surgery to book an appointment with a nurse to chat wrt Tick prevention and treatment.