Tick Control this Spring and Summer

Dog Ticks.

As spring is now upon us and summer is just around the corner, we would like to remind owners of the importance of tick monitoring and prevention on ourselves and our animals whilst enjoying the sunny outdoors. Here are some top tips on how to protect yourself, your family and your animals from tick bites to reduce the risk of contracting Lyme Disease (Borreliosis).

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1. Know where to expect ticks – Many areas of the UK with good ground cover and diverse wildlife (such as squirrels, hedgehogs, birds & deer) can pose a potential risk as wildlife feed any ticks and allows their population to increase and multiply. Animals can transport ticks to new areas.

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2. Use a tick repellent. Read instructions carefully. There is currently no vaccine to defend against Lyme Disease so protection is very important. Please contact us for information on tick repellent animal spot on treatments.

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3. Carry a tick remover. By having a tick remover (and antiseptic wipes) with you, any attached ticks can be removed sooner, lessening the chance of disease transmission.

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4. Tuck your trouser legs into your socks. This helps to deter ticks from crawling inside your trouser legs, down into your shoes and through most socks. Wearing gaiters will also help to prevent this.

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5. Take a walking stick with you. Where you can’t keep to the center of the paths to avoid ticks on overhanging vegetation, you can use a stick to tap the vegetation ahead of you, knocking off any awaiting ticks to prevent transmission to you or your dog.

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6. Check you and your dogs bodies carefully after being outdoors.

Common Tick Spots on Your Dog

Common Tick Spots on Your Dog

7. Carefully remove ticks. Ticks should be removed correctly by twisting them out of the skin using a ‘tick hook’ or ‘tick twister’. These can be purchased from us. Please ensure you remove ticks correctly and do not pull the tick with tweezers (as tempting as this may be!) as if you leave the head in you could cause further problems and infection.

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For any more information on tick control and removal, or if you would like to purchase a tick hook to keep to hand over the summer months, please contact the surgery on

 01670 457271.