Blue was in for a vaccination this week, when we spotted he had brought an unwanted visitor with him. A tick!
If you do spot a tick feasting on your pet, we recommend removal using a tick hook as shown in the photo: simply slide the hook between your pet and the shoulders of the tick and twist (clockwise or anticlockwise) until the tick comes out. It’s really important you don’t pull, as the tick’s head can remain behind and cause infection. A tick literally burrows its head into a host while feeding. Ugh!
To see a video of Hamish removing a tick with a tick hook, click here.
Ticks are common in woodland and grassland between Spring and Autumn and if they latch onto your dog – or cat – they can remain attached and feed on your pet’s blood for a few days until they become engorged and drop off. Not only is this unpleasant, but tick bites can carry disease including the potentially fatal bacterial infection Lyme disease.
We strongly recommend regularly using a tick treatment so that ticks die before they have a chance to pass on any infection and your pet remains fully protected.
Ask us about our Vetpost service, available to anyone we’ve seen in the last 12 months, which delivers complete protection against ticks, fleas, mites and worms direct to your door! Postage and packing is free, you can sign up by phone, and monthly delivery will keep your pet fully protected. Call us on 01922 411755 to register.