Ticks are very small insects (or Arachnids ie same family as spiders!) that are often found in very grassy or woodland areas.
They start off quite small, but as they feed on their host they can grow to quite a dramatic size!
Ticks are most active in the Summer and Autumn months, but as the UK has rather variable weather, we are seeing a lot of ticks outside of the usual times.
If you see a tick on your pet, please do get in touch. Please don’t try and pull the tick off, as this can sometimes leave the mouth parts behind causing local infection and inflammation.
Also, trying to remove the tick by poking it or smothering it in vaseline can sometimes cause the tick to regurgitate its blood meal back into your pet, thereby spreading any diseases it might be carrying.
It is important to check your pets thoroughly after a walk, especially if taking dogs out to woodland areas. Ticks can hide in between toes where they can be very painful and cause discomfort.
We have a range of tick treatments available, so if you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch!
As shops are starting to open back up, and some of the lockdown rules are being relaxed from the 4th July we wanted to update our clients as to how things are working at Abbey Vets, and also explain why we are still keeping our doors closed to clients
This is a grass seed that we removed from in between a dog’s toes!
This is Millie feeling very sorry for herself after a bee/wasp stung her