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                                               CARLA MURPHY
                                         &     MELANIE BROAD
                                                                   BVMS MRCVS

                                                                   BVMS MRCVS

                                      Tick Talk
Following on from last month’s article on passports and bugs that your pet can come into
contact with abroad, it’s also a good time to start thinking about the bugs and beasties
that your pet can come into contact with here at home on their favourite walks.
In February we saw the first ticks of the season latching on to dogs. The commonest tick
we see up here is the sheep tick Ixodes ricinus. It has a complicated 3 year life cycle.
Each year it jumps out of the undergrowth and attaches to a host (a sheep, cat, dog or
human) and bites and sucks blood until it has it’s fill and then falls off to hibernate and
grow until it does the same thing next year. The bites are generally just irritating but the
tick can transmit infections like Lyme disease which makes them a risk for your pet. Many
people pull them off with tweezers but by that time they have already bitten and possibly
spread disease, so it’s much better to apply a spot on like Advantix which actually burns
the feet of the tick and makes the tick “Hot Foot” and jump off your pet before it can bite.
Worming your adult dog is also in the spotlight at the minute. Most people don’t know
that the main reason you worm your adult dog is for human health reasons, not because
you see worms in your pet. Every year Toxocara canis causes blindness in children in the
UK. It’s very important that family pets are wormed regularly and that if you are walking
dogs round the local parks that you pick up after them. We would recommend worming
most family pets four times a year – especially if they are in regular contact with children.
Lastly we come to a relatively new disease which has been increasing over the last 3
years – lungworm in dogs. Most cases of lungworm show up as coughing or lethargy,
but it can cause problems as serious as interfering with blood clotting. Dogs which regularly
eat slugs or snails are particularly likely to pick this bug up, so it is important to think
about incorporating a specific treatment for this into your worming programme.
To find out more about any of these parasites please visit our website
If you would like to review your pets worming or tick control regime then please pop in
to one of our branches and one of our staff will be pleased to help you out.

Carla & Mel
Galashiels Veterinary Surgery            Office: Weekdays 8.30 - 6pm, Sat 8.30 - 12noon
Gala Terrace, Galashiels. TD1 3JT        Consulting times:
01896 752 156                            Weekdays 9 - 10am and 5 - 6pm, Sat 9 - 11am

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