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Whalley Branch Surgery
The Sidings, Whalley
Ticks are common parasites affecting dogs and cats in many areas of the world. They require blood to complete their development, and acquire this through biting their preferred animal host.
Ticks are more likely to be active in spring and autumn but may be found through summer in humid areas. Tick control should be continuous through this period and treatments applied according to the manufacturers directions.
Ticks may cause several problems when they bite:
They can transmit a number of serious potentially fatal diseases especially in dogs. These include babesiosis (piroplasmosis), ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, borreliosis, rickettsial infections, and several viral diseases. It depends on where dogs/cats are in the world as to the importance of each disease.
Severe skin reactions may occur around the site of a tick bite in sensitive animals.
In certain areas of the world (eg Australia), some of the ticks produce a toxin which causes paralysis which may be fatal.
Very occasionally where there are a large numbers of ticks attached to a small dog or cat, blood loss may be severe enough to cause anaemia.
There are several, safe and effective acaricides that kill ticks attached to dogs within 24-48 hours. These include sprays, collars or spot-on products containing imidocloprid/flumethrin, fipronil, pyriprole and amitraz.
We have several products to treat and prevent tick infestation
Contact our staff at either surgery to see which product is best for your pet