‘Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.’ Roger Caras.
There has never been a moment in my whole life where we haven’t had pets, and more importantly we have never been without a dog. In fact, I couldn’t imagine life without a dog. Well I guess a little less dog hair lying around would be nice, but in all seriousness, I wouldn’t be without a dog.
Whenever a pet of ours has got ill or unfortunately passed I have always found it a hard thing to deal with. Pets really are family members, especially cats and dogs. Even the often simple things worry me, such as tick attachment. We lived by a large open green area and would often walk our dogs there and on a couple of occasions we found ticks attached to one of them and we had to fetch them out. It scared me as I knew even from a young age the importance of getting the entire tick out.
Recently there have been a number of reports within the UK of canine babesiosis which is a tick transmitted disease which can be fatal to dogs. I never knew about this before. There have been previous cases, however the dogs affected had recently travelled abroad. In the new cases, there has been a significant difference because the dogs hadn’t travelled outside of the UK, showing an infected population of ticks has become established within the UK.
As well as babesiosis there is Lyme disease which is also tick-borne illness, leading to serious complications if left untreated. Since 2009 cases within dogs has increased by more than 500%* meaning the risk simply cannot be ignored.
I always thought ticks were only found in large grass areas such as forests and heathland, however they aren’t. In fact they are very common in parks, urban playgrounds and even your back garden. Therefore, it’s important to check your pets regularly as well as yourself and children and take any necessary action.
You can help to protect your pets from ticks and fleas using FRONTLINE® Spot On monthly. It kills ticks within 48 hours of contact with your treated pet minimising the risk of tick-borne disease transmission.
Ticks are very scary creatures which can cause a whole range of problems for yourself and your pets, especially your dogs. It’s important to keep a regular check and take precautions to help, especially as they are becoming a lot more common.
Post in collaboration with FRONTLINE®
FRONTLINE® Spot On contains fipronil. Legal category: AVM-GSL. ®Registered Trademark. For further prescribing information, refer to the data sheet on www.noahcompendium.co.uk or contact Merial Animal Health Ltd, CM19 5TG, UK. Use medicines responsibly.
*PDSA Pet Hospitals data 2009-2015