Your pets can be troubled by all sorts of pests, but ticks have to be up there with the worst of the bunch.
A tick is a tiny, spider-like bug that is found all over the UK. They can’t jump or fly but can stick to any surface which rubs past them. This includes dogs, cats, small animals or humans.
Ticks don’t only suck blood, but they can also carry infectious diseases. They are also easier than you’d imagine to pick up, and can soon affect other members of the family.
High-risk places to pick up ticks include grassy and wooded areas in southern and northern England and the Scottish Highlands. If your dog were to run through woodland or long grass, it could be relatively easy for a tick to latch on to them.
Lyme disease is spread by ticks and affects humans, and while not all ticks in the UK can carry the disease, it isn’t worth taking the risk. You can avoid picking up ticks by staying to clear, open paths where possible. You may have to keep your dog on a lead.
Many topical flea treatments also include tick protection, but you can’t rely on only one product to help.
Unfortunately, ticks can be difficult to remove, almost anchoring themselves to their host. So, if you want to do the job properly, you will need a dedicated tick removal tool to remove them. These can be used on both animals and humans, so it really is worth always having one to hand.
There are dozens out there, with some being a lot better than others, so we have weeded out the top tick removers.