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Is Your Dog At Risk From Ticks?

It’s been on the news recently, but ticks are a real problem with a record number of dogs now coming in to contact with them.

Researchers believe that almost a third of dogs they checked, across the UK, were found to be carrying a tick. The study looked at over 15,000 dogs with an alarming number found to be affected and at risk to Lyme disease. The most serious cases can be fatal, so dog owners really need to be aware of the dangers.

Ticks are usually found in woodland, parkland and the garden and they attach themselves to dogs by biting them. Ticks can spread diseases, most commonly Lyme disease. Unless physically spotted, your dog will show no other signs that they have a tick feeding on them. It is important to remain vigilant during peak times during the year as well as after walks through long grass or other potential tick hot spots.

It’s not just your dogs that are at risk, the ticks can pass from your canine friend to you! You are also at risk, as are your family if your dog brings a tick in to the house.

So what should you do if you find a tick on your dog?

First of all, you should never pull or rip a tick off, they will secrete any disease and fluids in to your dog putting your dog’s health at risk. If you do not have access to a proper tick removal tool then take your dog to the vets. Do not use blunt eye tweezers! You should never pull or rip a tick off, they will secrete any disease and fluids in to your dog putting your dog’s health at risk. Using tick treatments in conjunction with worming is the best way to ensure your pet is covered on a regular basis.

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