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Following the recent news of a new tick borne disease - babesiosis - in dogs in the UK we have put together the following information.

Symptoms of babesiosis

These can range from mild to severe and may include lethargy, lack of appetite, fever, anaemia, pale gums, an enlarged abdomen, weight loss and/or jaundice. If your dog has had ticks and you are concerned for their health, please contact us immediately.

Detecting ticks

Check your dog on a regular basis from nose to tail looking for any small lumps that may be a tick. If you find a lump, part the hair and look at it more closely (a magnifying glass may help). The area where the tick attaches may be painful and swollen. Ticks can be distinguished from other skin lumps as the tick’s legs can be seen if you look closely.

What to do if you find a tick

  • The aim is to remove the whole tick, including the mouthparts.
  • We suggest using a tick removal tool (O’Tom tick twister, available to purchase in reception) to twist the whole tick off without leaving the mouth parts behind.
  • Do not attempt to burn, cut or pull the tick off with your fingers as it is easy to leave the mouthparts behind which can then become infected.
  • Alternatively we offer a Vet or Nurse appointment to remove a tick(s) if you prefer.

Protecting your dog from ticks and tick borne disease

To reduce the risk associated with ticks on dogs, we have easy treatments available on prescription. Our recommendation is a chewable tablet with 12 week protection and kills ticks within 12 hours.

If you require any further information on ticks, please call one of the team.