As dog owners we’re only too aware of how common ticks are and how easy they are for dogs to pick up. We’re surrounded by fantastic dog walks where we live with plenty of woodlands and grassy areas – but these are also high-risk places for ticks.
We always try to use a monthly treatment for Max to help protect him against ticks, but admittedly we can get a little complacent and I’m sat here now thinking that his latest treatment is most definitely overdue.
Recently I was contacted by FRONTLINE® regarding a serious tick-transmitted disease, canine babesiosis, which has been found in the UK and can be fatal to dogs. Previous cases of this disease were only found in dogs who had travelled abroad, but this is not the case with recent reports – showing that an infected population of ticks has become established in the UK.
Another important tick-borne disease to be aware of is Lyme disease, which can lead to serious complications in pets and humans if left untreated. Apparently, ticks are only second to mosquitoes in transmitting infectious diseases to humans and animals* – so it pays to be tick aware!
FRONTLINE® has provided the following advice that can help you reduce the risk and protect your pet against ticks.
How to protect your pet against ticks
- Check yourself and your pet after walks and time outdoors
- Pay particular attention to areas where you dog or cat’s hair is thinner – such as their head, around their ears and their tummy
- If you find a tick on your pet, remove it straight away
- Apply a monthly treatment such as FRONTLINE® Spot On. It kills ticks within 48 hours on contact with your treated pet, minimising the risk of disease transmission.
- Ticks should drop off naturally once they’re dead, but if not they can be safely removed using a tick hook. If you’re concerned about removing them yourself, ask your vet for advice.
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FRONTLINE® Spot On contains fipronil. Legal category: AVM-GSL. ®Registered Trademark. For further prescribing information, refer to the data sheet on www.noahcompendium.co.uk or contact Merial Animal Health Ltd, CM19 5TG, UK. Use medicines responsibly.