Protect your pet against tick-borne diseases – featuring FRONTLINE

Protect your pet against tick-borne diseases

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.

protect your pet against ticks and tick-borne diseases

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

  1. Check yourself and your pet after walks and time outdoors
  2. Pay particular attention to areas where you dog or cat’s hair is thinner – such as their head, around their ears and their tummy
  3. If you find a tick on your pet, remove it straight away
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

®®Disclosure: Post in collaboration with FRONTLINE®

FRONTLINE® Spot On contains fipronil. Legal category: AVM-GSL. ®Registered Trademark. For further prescribing information, refer to the data sheet on or contact Merial Animal Health Ltd, CM19 5TG, UK. Use medicines responsibly.

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  1. Allyson Greene
    May 16, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Great tips! Our Beagle, Copper, got lyme disease a few years back and it was one of the scariest things we ever went through! How we missed a tick on him with his short coat I will never understand but we were so scared we were going to lose him. He picked up a tick in our yard, not out hiking in the woods, so always be vigilant!
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    1. Mum in Brum
      May 19, 2016 at 11:33 am

      Ah that must’ve been so scary! We’ve been lucky so far with Max, but I really should keep on top of his treatments more. It’s crazy how easy it is for them to pick up ticks x

  2. Debbie
    May 18, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Hi Natalie, there is so much to take on board when trying to protect our furry friends from disease. We alternate different brands we use on our dogs depending on the time of year, as in the summer the sand flies are a health risk to our dogs more so than the ticks, they are still protected against ticks, but sand fly protection takes priority.

    I’m sure the dogs love being checked for ticks after a walk, luckily they rarely have them.

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    1. Mum in Brum
      May 19, 2016 at 11:42 am

      I think Max loves it too – all of that attention! Luckily we don’t have to worry about sand flies here x
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  3. Nikki
    May 24, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Although we live within the city limits we have a huge garden and it seems to be a home for ticks, especially when it rains a lot and the grass gets long. We used Frontline on our dog and it helped a lot. Our pets are like family members, and we wanted to make sure that she was tick-free! Thanks for the reminder, when we get a new dog we will definitely be picking up Frontline!
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    1. Mum in Brum
      May 25, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      They definitely are like family members aren’t they. I admit our dog is sometimes the last fellow I think of when Taylor takes up all of my time, but it’s so important to look after them as they really do love us so much!

  4. Anna
    June 4, 2016 at 3:59 am

    We are so cautious about ticks after our black lab/chow mix got Ehrlichia. Great tips – you can never be too careful!
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