What do they look like and where do they live?

  • Ticks have eight legs rather than six, and their bodies are composed of only two sections
  • Ixodes ricinus is the most common tick in the UK and Ireland
  • They are generally found in rural areas

How can my pet contract ticks?

  • Ticks lie in wait in vegetation and attach to dogs or cats as they brush past
  • They are most prevalent in long grass and in areas where there are a lot of sheep or deer grazing

How will this parasite affect my pet?

  • Ticks have highly developed mouthparts, which allow them to pierce a hole through the skin and feed on blood
  • They can cause reactions at the site of attachment
  • Ticks may cause anaemia if there is a severe infestation in a young animal
  • The most important risk associated with ticks is the diseases they can transmit, e.g. Lyme Disease in the UK and Ireland
  • Diseases such as Babesiosis and Ehrlichioisis can be transmitted to pets travelling abroad, therefore regular tick treatment for travelling pets is important

How do I prevent and treat ticks?

  • There are several different Spot-on preparations available to repel and treat ticks. Please contact us at the surgery to discuss the best treatment options for your pet.
  • Removal of ticks is important as soon as you notice them as they can spread other diseases to your pet. We can remove these at the surgery with a special tool.

Can this parasite affect my health?

  • Ticks can also attach themselves to humans
  • Ticks can transmit tick-borne diseases to humans

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