Be tick aware!
Yes, it’s coming up to that time of year again when these pesky parasites are beginning to make themselves known!
Ticks are bloodsucking parasites that can transmit serious diseases to your pets.
How can my dog contract Babesiosis from ticks?
The main way Babesiosis is transmitted to dogs is through tick bites. When an infected tick attaches and starts to feed on a dogs blood a transfer of the parasite occurs. This usually takes place 24 – 48 hours after the tick has attached.
Until recently species of tick found in the UK were very unlikely to carry Babesia, however, with the increase in animal movements throughout Europe the risks of European species of ticks (which carry the disease) entering the UK have increased.
How can it be prevented?
Prevention is based on the regular use of anti-tick products. There are various products on the market and different products will be suitable for different dogs.
Dogs should be checked regularly for ticks, especially after walks. If you see a tick on your dog it should ONLY be removed using a special tick hook.
There have only been an isolated number of cases of Babesia in dogs in the UK who have all been exercised in the same area in Essex.
If you require any advice on the types of products to use or about ticks, please contact our surgery and speak to one of our team.