Ticks – Twist, don’t pull!
The season of the tick is upon us. We are seeing lots of dogs at the moment who have been bitten by these nasty little critters. Ticks are blood sucking parasites that carry diseases and can pass them on to your dog. If you find a tick on your dog it is essential that it is removed properly.
For successful tick removal, DO NOT PULL THE TICK! This will separate the body from the head, leaving the head inside your pet’s skin where it can still pass diseases from its mouthparts. Instead, you need to grip the tick and TWIST it, until its mouth and head leave your dog’s skin.
If you are unsure it is better to pop your dog to the practice where one of our vets or nurses will be happy to show you how to correctly remove a tick. We also sell ‘O’Tom Tick Twisters’ – great little gadgets for removing ticks, on sale at reception for £4.05. Below is a video demonstrating how to use the ‘O’Tom Tick Twisters.
Of course, prevention is always better than cure – Frontline Spot-On treatment is effective against ticks as well as fleas so if you are going to an area that you know has a tick problem make sure you Frontline before you go!