Ticks Post Protect Your Dogs From Ticks
Before Yoda and Casper (our dogs) joined the family, I had honestly never heard of ticks. However, with the recent reports of UK dogs contracting the fatal disease, canine babesiosis, and a 560% increase in dogs being diagnosed with Lyme disease since 2009*, I thought it would be good to learn more about ticks and share why they are so dangerous to our pets.
What is a Tick?
A tick is a parasite which can be as small as a sesame seed. Ticks can live anywhere, from forests, heathland, and grassy areas to playgrounds, parks and even your back garden. Ticks lie in wait on vegetation and latch onto humans and pets as they brush past. Ticks have the ability to attach themselves to the skin using their mouthparts and a cement-like substance. They feed on blood and can cause irritation and infection but more seriously they can transmit infectious diseases to both humans and animals.
In the past, the main concern in the UK was catching Lyme disease from
ticks. I’ve heard of the devastating effects of Lyme disease on humans, but also on dogs. However, recently there have been reports of dogs in Essex catching the once foreign disease, babesiosis.
Canine babesiosis can cause severe illness in dogs and can even be fatal. I’d hate my beloved dogs, Yoda or Casper, to catch this nasty disease and so I need to protect them against ticks to ensure their wellbeing.
Ticks can reproduce quickly – a single female tick can lay up to 10,000 eggs! They cannot fly or jump. They quest for a host and then walk along the host’s body before finding a suitable place to attach. Ticks can be very dangerous to both humans and pets and it’s incredible what damage such a small creature can cause.
Protecting Your Dog from Ticks
I may be a dog owner, however I’m not an expert and FRONTLINE® have kindly shared some fantastic tips on ways to protect your pets from ticks and fleas.
Here are some top tips for protecting our precious dogs:
-Check your pet and yourself for ticks after walks and going outside.
-Pay particular attention to where your pet’s hair is thinner, such as the head, around the ears and tummy.
– If you are unfortunate enough to find a tick, remove it safely using a tick hook. If you’re concerned about removing them yourself, ask your vet for advice.
-Apply a monthly treatment, such as FRONTLINE® Spot on. This kills ticks within 48 hours of contact with your treated pet, minimising the risk of tick-borne disease transmission.
I’m pleased I was able to learn more about keeping my Bichon dogs protected and I hope this post is informative and helpful to anyone wanting to learn more about keeping our dogs safer from ticks and tick-borne diseases.
*PDSA Pet Hospitals data 2009-2015
FRONTLINE® Spot On contains fipronil. Legal category: AVM-GSL. ®Registered Trademark. For further prescribing information, refer to the data sheet on www.noahcompendium.co.uk or contact Merial Animal Health Ltd, CM19 5TG, UK. Use medicines responsibly.
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