What are ticks?
Ticks are spider-like, egg shaped, blood sucking creepy crawlies. They have 8 legs and vary in size.
Where are they found?
Ticks are common in woodland, grassland and heath areas.
You are most likely to come across them in areas with deer or sheep.
How do I know if my pet has a tick?
Ticks are often noticed on your pets when you run your hands over your pet and often just feel like a small hard bump.
I think my pet has a tick. What should I do?
If you find a tick on your pet, don't try to remove it yourself unless you have a special tick removing gadget as you may risk leaving the mouth parts behind. AVG offer complimentary nurses appointments for tick removal.
Can I prevent my pet from getting ticks?
AVG recommends a few products which include spot on and collars to give your pet protection against ticks for up to 8 months. A complimentary appointment may be booked with one of our qualified nurses to discuss.
What is Lymes disease?
Lymes disease is a serious bacterial infection. If your dog has Lyme disease, you may notice they become depressed and lose their appetite. Other symptoms include fever, lameness, swollen and painful joints, and swollen lymph nodes. If you are concerned your pet may have Lymes disease please make an appointment.
What is Babesosis?
Babesiosis is rare in the UK. Its worth baring in mind that the tick that spreads it has been mainly found in southern England and on the continent. The first cases of dogs being treated for the disease, caused by the bacterium Babesia, were reported in March 2016. Babesiosis can be spread by tick bites. The incubation period is about two weeks, but some pets are not diagnosed with the disease for months or years after transmission. If your dog is suffering from babesiosis you may notice they are depressed, have pale gums, a swollen abdomen and a fever. They may also lose their appetite and their skin may become yellowish.
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