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Ticked off!

Updated: Apr 6, 2020

There are over 20 different species of ticks here in the UK, and we are now coming into the time of year that they are most commonly found- they are becoming active after the winter months.


When a tick leaves its host and jumps onto your dog, it will soon find a place to latch on and start feeding on their blood. In short-haired dogs, they can be found anywhere as they do not have to bury under a load of fur to attach themselves. On long-haired dogs, they are most commonly found where the hair is not as thick (armpits, legs, ears and face).


The size of tick you see will depend on the length of time that it has been feeding on your dog. This one here is relatively newly attached, and has not reached its 'gorged' size.


These smaller ones are difficult to find (and to remove); however, if they are allowed to get to full size then they will drop off. As this could be inside your house, it is always best to catch them early.


Unfortunately, ticks carry various diseases which are transmittable to both animals and humans. If you remove a tick, it is always best to keep it as it can take up to 5 months for your pet to display symptoms. It would be helpful to your vet to be presented with the tick so they can understand what type it is, and the subsequent best treatment plan.


When removing ticks it is very important not to squeeze them (they will regurgitate more toxins), so no tweezers. There are handy tick removers on the market which come with instructions so these are best to ensure you remove all parts of the tick.




After removing, it is important that you wash your hands and the tick remover. I also like to spray the site with some antiseptic spray. My choice of spray is Leucillin (https://www.leucillin.co.uk) as it is non-sting and obviously safe for animals.


If you are concerned about anything, remember your vet is on the end of the phone to assist.




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