TICKS ARE ON THE RISE

Ticks are becoming more prevalent in the United Kingdom, and they can pose serious health risks. They second to mosquitos in terms of transmitting communicable diseases to humans and animals, and they have just been shown to carry canine babesiosis for the first time.

Ticks may infect your pet no matter where you reside in the UK. These parasites can be found in urban parks and gardens as well as rural regions. They search for a host, such as your cat or dog, by ‘questing’ – flailing their forelimbs in the air – at the vegetation’s tip. Ticks transfer to them as an animal brushes by and attach themselves by biting through the animal’s skin and anchoring themselves in place.

Infectious illnesses that may harm dogs have been discovered in one out of every three ticks. Lyme disease is one such disease that may harm both humans and animals. In actuality, since 2003, human instances of Lyme disease have grown by 300 percent in the United Kingdom. 

There have also been instances of canine babesiosis, which was previously unknown in the UK and has resulted in the death of one dog and the maladies of numerous others.

How to remove ticks safely and effectively:

  1. Use clean fine tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
  2. Pull upward with steady and even pressure. 
  3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

It is important to make sure the head has been removed from the animal. The body of the tick can re-grow if it is not removed. It can also cause an infection.

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