July 2018: Vet's Advice

June 29 2018

Beware troublesome ticks

 Due to the warmer weather we have seen a sharp increase in the number of ticks. They are commonly picked up while on walks in long grass or woodland and will be quite small to begin with (about 1-2mm) but after a blood meal, they will swell to around 10 times the size!!

If you notice a tick on your pet it is very important to remove it correctly. You should ideally use a tick removal tool. Methods such as covering them in Vaseline, using surgical spirit, popping them, burning them etc will stress the tick leading them to regurgitate their blood meal back into the host (human, dog or cat). This greatly increases the chance of infection or disease transmission. Once the tick is out, it is also important to check all mouth pieces are out as again, this can lead to infection. Our team are trained to remove these if you require help or guidance.

Ticks are of concern to dogs and humans as they can carry and transmit Lymes disease and Babesia. Lymes disease is caused by a bacteria of the Borrelia family. In humans it can cause a wide range of symptoms. In dogs, signs are swollen, painful joints, sometimes this may shift around the different limbs. Sometimes complications with kidneys and the nervous system can develop. 

Babesia is relatively new to UK shores. Signs of this tends to be lethargy and being off colour which is linked to the destruction of red blood cells caused by Babesia.

Both Lymes disease and Babesia are uncommon, however should you notice the above signs after removing a tick, it is worth making your vet aware.

Our complete care plan offers flea, tick, roundworm, tapeworm and lungworm cover at discount. And with the reminders (sent to an elected mobile number) you know that you won’t forget to apply the treatment. Please feel free to speak to our friendly team at Kingswood Vets4Pets on 0117 961 6417 if you would like more information.