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'Tick-ing' Time Bombs

Friday, May 15, 2015

Fleas and ticks are unpleasant in their own right, but they are also a threat to the health of your pet and your family. So make sure you protect everyone in your household from these nasty critters by using prevention treatments on a regular basis. Both bugs have been shown to spread a number of diseases in pets and humans, some of which can be a serious health risk such as:

Cat scratch fever (bartonellosis) – may cause fever, headache, fatigue and poor appetite in humans

Rickettsia felis – causing fever, headache, muscle pain and rash in humans

• The flea tape-worm (Dipylidium caninum)

Lyme disease (borreliosis)- a bacterial disease affecting dogs, horses and people

- In dogs it may cause lameness, fever, anorexia, lethargy, swollen joints and rarely kidney failure

- In humans it may cause a rash and flu-like symptoms, but may eventually produce abnormalities in the joints, heart and nervous system

Babesiosis- caused by a microscopic parasite that invades red blood cells has also been shown to be carried by UK ticks. The disease can manifest with high temperature, increased respiratory rate, muscle tremors, anaemia, jaundice, and weight loss.

Animals with flea infestations frequently develop flea allergic dermatitis (FAD); caused by a persistent intense irritation of the skin leading to significant distress, scratching, chewing, skin damage, hair loss, eruptions and infections. Heavy infestations especially in puppies and kittens may lead to iron-deficiency anaemia.

Speak to one of our highly experienced veterinary receptionists or nurses to find out which product would be most suitable for your pet.

Found a tick on your pet? Bring them in to have it removed FREE OF CHARGE by one of our veterinary nurses. Not only do we want to make sure the tick is removed safely, we are also taking part in The Big Tick Project in association with the University of Bristol. 


Carole Gordon commented on 18-May-2015 12:25 PM
Ticks are normally brown or grey BUT we found a white one on the ear of my dog , we're never seen a white one before

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