Tick season will soon be upon us and with several reports over the last three years of the tick-borne disease Babesia canis being diagnosed in dogs that had not travelled outside of the UK for the first time, it is more important than ever that you keep your pets (and your family) protected.

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 to other animals and humans while the tick is feeding.

There are several proven anti-tick products available and they come in a monthly spot-on preparation, as a monthly or three-monthly tablet, or as a collar which provides seven continuous months of protection. Many of the products also protect against other parasites as well so it is best to speak to your vet about the most appropriate product for your pet.

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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