We are fast approaching the second peak breeding season for the delightful tick, spring being the other.
Autumn sees a rapid rise in the tick population throughout Britain and the effects of climate change had added to the quantity of adults surviving through winter to breed again in the spring.
As such they are becoming a growing problem, for pet owners and humans alike, as certain species can play host to some bacteria and parasites that can cause serious health issues if they can gain access to bloodstreams. They are traditionally thought of in relation to rural areas but his is not exclusively the case any longer; urban areas and well foliaged gardens can be excellent habitats a creature that has perfected it’s lifestyle over millions of years.
As such the golden rule is that the sooner the tick can be properly removed the better. Two main diseases have so far been linked to certain varieties of ticks; Lyme disease and Babesiosis.
Following walks with your dog it is important to check them all over for ticks. Once first attached they may be very small as they have not become engorged with the host’s blood so it is important to check for even the smallest of unusual lumps or bumps. Similarly, cats should be checked regularly.
There are products available that are designed to deter ticks but we would advise that you speak to your vet for advice for your pets as some are species specific and harmful to other types of animals.
Time, removal and advice are keys to minimising risks.