Dealing with Ticks!!!

Terrible Tick facts…….for advice & info on how to deal with ticks see Westgate Vets info here & to contact, go here 

No photo description available.  No photo description available.Talking Ticks? Here are some facts about these small, but dangerous threats to humans and animals alike
Ticks are a common and serious threat to pet and human health. Here are some facts that you may not have known:
Ticks are members of the spider family (arthropods) that survive by drinking the blood of their hosts
Ticks are second only to mosquitos in terms of their public health importance worldwide. This is due to the diseases they transmit
Ticks can transmit Lyme Disease to both people and dogs
Milder, wetter winters mean that ticks are not just found in spring and summer, but are a year round problem
Ticks feed on your pet for up to 10 days, before dropping off to lay their eggs
Ticks are hard to kill, and can:
survive for up to 3 weeks under water
survive for 1 year without feeding
be found at altitudes of 1,500 metres
survive a trip through the washing machine
survive for 24 hours at temperatures of -13C
A single female tick can lay up to 6,000 eggs at a time!
Tick saliva contains an anaesthetic, so your dog will not feel the bite and neither will you!
Ticks can be hard to spot; before feeding they are tiny and can be hidden in your pet’s fur
For more information about ticks, check our other articles here (link to other post)

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