What are ticks?
Ticks have eight legs rather than six, and their bodies are composed of only two sections.
Eggs hatch out into larvae, which feed and then moult into a nymph. These feed and then moult into adults, which then can lay up to 10,000 eggs. The whole life cycle can take up to three years to complete.
Ixodes ricinus is the most common tick in the UK and Ireland
They are generally found in rural areas where they commonly infect sheep, cattle and deer
How does my pet get ticks?
Ticks climb up blades of grass and, on locating a passing host, climb on and crawl to a site where the coat is thin, usually the face, ears or abdomen. There they attach to the skin, producing a cement-like substance to anchor themselves and suck blood.
They only feed for between 3 and 10 days and will then drop off into the environment for the next stage of their life cycle.
How do ticks affect my pet?
The areas of attachment can become swollen and red and if you try to pull a tick off, its mouthparts may remain embedded in the skin causing a nasty reaction.
Additionaly ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme Disease.
Can I catch ticks?
Yes, but by being in the same fields or woods as your pet not directly from your pet
The best treatment is prevention - there are numerous products available to treat and repel ticks and all will treat and prevent fleas as well.
They come as spot ons, collars or in tablet/chew form.
Please ask us what is the best product for your pet