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Can cats get ticks too?

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Ticks are more commonly seen in dogs, as dogs tend to walk in grassy areas, but cats get them too, particularly if they live near woodland or fields.

September/October is peak tick season and this year has seen an increase in these nasty little critters. Ticks can carry infectious diseases, including Lyme disease which is thought to be on the increase. The South West has also been found to have one of the highest tick populations in the country!

Ticks wait in the grass for warm-blooded mammals to brush past, then attach themselves and feed off the blood. The longer the tick is attached, the greater the risk of infection, so check your pet's skin every day. If you find one, don’t pull it off, they should be twisted off with a tick remover tool so that the mouth part is also removed. If the mouth part is left, it can pass on disease or fester and become infected. Ideally, call us for an appointment to see a nurse who will remove it for you free of charge.

The recent humid weather is a perfect breeding ground for ticks and we recommend using tick protection.  Your vet will be able to prescribe an effective treatment for both dogs and cats. In fact there is now a brand new ‘spot-on’ treatment for cats, that protects against fleas and ticks for up to 3 months.

For more information, or to book an appointment, don’t hesitate to call us.

Use the Big Tick Project 'Tick Threat Map' to see what the risk is in your area!


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