What are the risks to my dog?
With the warmer weather on the way we are starting to see an increase in the number of pets with ticks on board, not only are these a nuisance, they can also pass on diseases to both animals and humans.For the first time in the UK an outbreak of the disease babesiois has been reported. None of the dogs affected had travelled outside of the UK but a recent relaxation in pet travel restrictions could be why the disease has spread to our shores.The speicies of tick which carries babesia, Dermacentor reticulates, is not a common tick in the Uk and Public Health England are currently monitoring its spread,
The babesia parasites infect the dog's red blood cells, not only damaging the cells directly but also causing the dog's immune system to attack its own red blood cells. This results in an anaemia which can be fatal, as has sadly been the case in Essex.Other symptoms include lethargy, weakness, pale gums, red urine and fever. Our vets are fully aware of the current outbreak and will remain vigilant to the threat of babesia.If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, please do not hesitate to call us.
Click here to hear Alex Dallas, our practice owner speak about this issue on KLFM
What can I do?
Dogs that spend alot of time outdoors, particularly in long grass and wooded areas are most at risk of picking up ticks. There are no vaccines for babesia available in the Uk which means that we as pet owners and vets must be vigilant. Research shows that the tick will need to have been feeding for about 24 hours before it passes the disease to the dog, and there are a number of presciption tick products which kill ticks very quickly. It is also important to check dogs throroughly after every walk and safely remove ticks before they get a chance to pass on the disease.
What we offer
Here at London Road and The Hollies Vets we stock a number of effective and easy to use tick medications including collars, spot-ons and flavoured chews and are happy to advise you on which would be most suitable for your dog. If you spot a tick on your dog please pop along to the pratice for a free chat and we'll show you how to safely remove it,
✔ Free tick checks
✔ Preventative tick products always available
✔ Friendly and knowledgeable advice
Please note, some of these preventative tick products are included in our montly Pet Health Plan. Click here for more information.