Ticks found on one third of dogs!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016  |  Admin

According to a recent study carried out by the University of Bristol ticks are found on almost one third of dogs in the UK. The worst affected areas were found to be Scotland, East Anglia and the South West. perhaps surprisingly they were just as common in urban areas as in country ones.

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Ticks don't jump or fly they just crawl on to an animal (or human!) when it brushes against infested foliage or grass. The ticks can carry Lyme disease which can cause a serious illness in humans as well as a parasite which can be fatal to dogs ( babesiasis ). Luckily at the moment there are relatively low rates of illness caused by ticks in the UK (2,000 - 3,000 cases of Lyme disease a year) but numbers are much higher on the continent and with an increase in tick numbers here it is wise to try and prevent a tick infestation if possible.

There is a lot of information available including an interactive 'tick hot spot map' at www.bigtickproject.co.uk .

As always prevention is better than a cure, have a look at our 'Fleas, ticks and lice ' section for products which can help with these unwelcome passengers.