How to Check for Ticks
Ticks have made the headlines more than once this summer, with researchers announcing that ticks can be found on a shocking one third of dogs in the UK. Ticks can carry a range of diseases, including potentially fatal parasites, so it is essential to take the time to check for and treat them. Our vet nurse, Mel, has put together this helpful guide…
Dogs and cats can pick up ticks in a variety of places UK wide. Even if you don’t live in the countryside, it’s still worth checking your pets daily to ensure they haven’t collected any nasty creepy-crawlies whilst out exploring.
Rub your hands gently all over your pet against the direction of the hair to check for any abnormal lumps and bumps, including the legs, tail and ears. If you think you have found a tick, call your veterinary practice for advice on how to remove it.
Many practices will be able to offer a nurse consultation to remove the tick effectively. It’s really important you do not just pull the tick off, as mouth parts maybe left imbedded in your pet’s skin causing irritation and infection. They must be removed in a specific way and disposed of – your veterinary practice will be able to advise you the best course of action.
Most importantly, ticks can carry a number of diseases, some of them fatal. The best plan is to prevent against them by using a tick prevention treatment available from your veterinary practice.
Ticks will pass on a disease after they have attached and started to feed, usually following 24 hours of first attachment. There are many treatments available to either repel ticks or kill following their first bite (before they can pass on a disease) in the form of tablets, spot-ons or sprays.
Ask your practice about the best treatment for your pet and help prevent your beloved cat or dog picking up these nasty little critters before it’s too late!