Ticks are blood-sucking parasites that attach themselves to your pet, and to you too! They are most active during warmer months, particularly in high-risk areas such as the South West. Not only are ticks unpleasant, they can be life threatening because of diseases they carry.
So how can we prevent the risks to our furry friends? Prevention is better than cure!
Fortunately, there are numerous products that are used to routinely prevent ticks attaching themselves to your pet: complete tick cover is included in our Health Plans at Orchard as standard.
If you find a tick on your pet, rapid removal is essential. Do not squeeze ticks or use flames to destroy them because mouthparts are left behind and cause infections; this happens with improper tweezer removal too. Suffocating ticks with Vaseline won’t kill them and they can drop off to infect another victim. We recommend using a dedicated tick remover that twists the tick off your pet. If you aren’t confident doing this, our vets and nurses are always here to advise.