Ticks

WHY TICKS ARE A HEALTH RISK 

 

 

Ticks are unpleasant in their own right, but they are also a threat to the health of your pet and your family. 

Lyme disease is caused by a bite from an infected tick. Dogs can become bitten during walks in wooded areas or parkland in both urban and rural areas. 

  • In mild cases a bite can cause flu-like symptoms
  • In extreme cases, the nervous system, joints and heart can be affected

Symptoms in dogs include lameness, lethargy and fever, which, if left untreated, can lead to more serious conditions such as kidney disease and heart failure.

 

PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR DOG FROM TICKS

 

  • Cover up when walking your dog in wooded areas, parkland or long grass
  • Groom your pet regularly to check for evidence of ticks
  • Check yourself and your dog for ticks after walks
  • Ask us to prescribe a suitable tick prevention product for your pet
  • Repeat tick prevention treatment regularly

 

HOW TO REMOVE TICKS FROM YOUR DOG

DO NOT attempt to burn, cut or pull the tick directly off - doing so could leave behind the tick head or mouthparts.

  • Use a specially designed tick hook
  • slide carefully under the tick at skin level
  • Secure the hook around the head of the tick
  • Ensuring it's not entangled in the hair
  • Rotate several times until the tick is freed
  • Remove the  tick without putting either the tick or skin under tension

DO NOT handle the tick without gloves 

AVOID releasing the live tick as it could re-attach itself to your pet or lay eggs

 

AN OWNER'S STORY

To hear how Lyme disease affected Chaos CLICK HERE

 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • A female tick can lay thousands of eggs at a time
  • It can take up to 3 years for the adult tick to develop
  • Tick saliva contains an anaesthetic, so your dog will not feel the bite and neither will you!

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