As spring approaches, pet owners should start thinking about how they can protect their dogs and cats against tick-borne diseases.

Ticks are small parasites that attached on to animals and humans to feed off their blood. The bites themselves are not painful, but dangerous diseases (such as Lyme disease) can be transmitted while the tick is feeding so it’s important our pets are protected.

There are several proven anti-tick products available, and they come in a monthly spot-on preparation, as a three-monthly tablet, or as a collar which provides seven continuous months of protection. Your vet will be able to speak to you about the most appropriate product for your pet as this does depend on their lifestyle, what other parasite products they may be on, and any drug sensitivities that they may have.

If you do find a tick on your pet, it is best to remove it as soon as possible. This can be done at home with a special tick remover, closely following the recommended instructions, or alternatively the team at your local veterinary practice will be able to do it for you.

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