Tick-tock: Time to get Pets Protected for Tick Season

Tick-tock: Time to get Pets Protected for Tick Season

Preventing and diagnosing ticks in pets

Ticks are small parasites which feed on people and animals alike. They’re extra widespread in through the summer time months, so time is ticking to provide your pet the very best likelihood of avoiding these doubtlessly harmful critters.

Preventing Ticks

PDSA Vet Nurse, Nina Downing mentioned: “The finest therapy is prevention, because it’s so worrying once you do discover a tick in your pet. During the summer time months it’s vital to keep away from areas the place ticks are widespread, to test your pet’s fur often and deal with your pet all year long with a tick-prevention therapy.

“Ticks are extra widespread in wooded and moorland areas, particularly the place sheep or deer roam, and in lengthy grass. If ticks are an issue the place you reside, attempt to keep away from letting your canine discover in these areas and keep on with paths.

“Regularly test your pet for ticks, particularly after going open air – pay shut consideration to between their toes and on their face, round ears, groin, armpits and tummy. Ticks are tiny after they first connect, so it may be surprisingly laborious to identify them till they get fairly massive just a few days later, which is why it’s vital to be thorough.

“The excellent news is that there are tick spot on remedies or tablets for canines and cats, which can kill the tick rapidly as soon as they’ve connected to the pet, vastly decreasing the chance of illnesses being transmitted. There are additionally collars obtainable, which not solely kill ticks, they repel them too.”

PDSA’s on-line store (pdsapetstore.org.uk) has KRKA FleaScreen Combo remedies obtainable for each canines and cats, which assist to maintain your four-legged good friend protected from fleas, worms, ticks and lice alike.

Risk of Lyme Disease

Nina continued: “Not solely are ticks disagreeable, however they will also be harmful as they often carry dangerous illnesses comparable to Lyme illness. Although solely a really small share of canines which have been bitten by a tick will develop Lyme illness, it’s vital to concentrate on the indicators to look out for, particularly if you happen to suppose the tick may have been connected for just a few days. Symptoms to look out for embrace a excessive temperature, joint ache or swelling, and lack of vitality, all of which may come and go and will seem a number of weeks or months after the tick chew.”

Removing Ticks

“The best method to take away a tick is with a particular ‘tick removing software’, utilizing a rotating movement. Don’t pull the tick, as that is prone to lead to incomplete removing. If you’re undecided how to do that, converse to your vet, as they are going to be joyful to point out you.

“Common myths counsel coping with ticks by squeezing its physique, destroying it with a lighted match or placing Vaseline on a tick to suffocate it – these strategies truly enhance the chance of Lyme illness as they make the tick ‘regurgitate’ from shock. Sso don’t be tempted to strive these, or use regular tweezers or your fingers!”

PDSA is the UK’s largest vet charity. We’re on a mission to enhance pet wellbeing by way of prevention, schooling and therapy. Support from gamers of People’s Postcode Lottery helps us attain much more pet homeowners with important recommendation and knowledge. www.pdsa.org.uk

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