Recently we have seen an increase in the number of tick complaints from our clients. In the last month especially we have seen both dogs and cats coming in with either a tick still attached or a reaction from a tick bite.
Our pets don’t need direct contact with other animals for fleas to transfer or for ticks to cling to their coats and start to attach and suck the animal’s blood as the insects will hop off one and wait until they meet the next passing animal to attach to.
This blog is to encourage people to be more tick-aware and let you know how you can prevent and treat your dog or cat for ticks. It is especially important to treat your pet for ticks if you are travelling abroad. Using a good insecticidal product is really important and also related to the area you travel to.
We currently advise Nexgard as our main tick and flea product for dogs, it is a very palatable tablet (it looks like a piece of spam). This does kill our normal British ticks but also the new tick from Europe. It takes 8 hours to kill fleas and it takes 48 hours to kill ticks.
We also sell Advantix spot on which kills fleas and ticks, it is also believed to repel ticks and prevent a blood meal and additionally it repels Sandflies and Mosquitoes. We do advise clients who are travelling abroad to use this product if going to a sandfly infested area, sandflies transmit additional diseases to our dogs. But it does have some restrictions on it’s use.
For cats we use an all-in-one flea, tick and wormer spot-on called Broadline.
There is also a tick and flea collar available through vets called Seresto, which is effective for 7-8 months for fleas and 8 months for ticks.
Please phone the surgery for an appointment with a nurse if you’d like to discuss what product may be more suitable for your dog if you’re concerned about preventing ticks.
Finally, remember never to pull a tick off as they attach using hooks and we need to twist the tick to make them un-hook, allowing them to be removed safely.