Sunday, 18 June 2017

The Big Tick Project

Walking your dog is one of the most wonderful things in the world. It's incredible for both hound and human.  After a wonderful walk in the countryside you get home , take off your boots and make a cup of tea....and if you are me, eat one to many cookies.

 I am here today to talk to you about adding something to your routine. Checking for ticks. It only takes a few minutes to do and could save your pup so much irritation pain and hurt.
I have never been one to check for ticks, which in hind site seems totally ridiculous as I live in the country side where they are out in great force. After being contacted by The Big Tick Project my eyes were opened to  how common they actually are.

Ticks are found in one third of dogs. These pesky vampire bugs aren't just hitting us country bumpkin dogs but also urban areas. They carry a ridiculous amount of diseases including Lyme disease.
In April 2015 Professor Richard Wall conducted a study showing that they really are everywhere and don't just populate woodland areas.

It isn't all doom and gloom though. There are so many ways to prevent and treat the ticks and the diseases they carry.

Ways to Protect your pooch from ticks:

  • Groom regularly checking for ticks as you go
  • Talk to your vet on ways to prevent them ( they can prescribe an oral tablet, a collar and even a spray)

Now if you find a tick there are a few options that are available to you:

The best thing to use is a tick removal hook specially designed with a narrow slot. It needs to be carefully slid under the tick at skin level. Vets , amazon and ebay all have these. 

Make sure the hook is in the place around the mouthparts of the tick. Keep an eye on the hook not being tangled in your pups hair.  

Rotate the hook a few times until its freed. Try and wear gloves.... They are full of nasty infections! 

I hope that this blog post has helped raise awareness on these vampire bugs. Please follow this link for the wonderfully helpful map that The Big Tick Project have made showing the highest risk areas.

Have fun in the outdoors and stay say.

Bilbo & Bear 


1 comment

  1. A brilliant blog post! So well written, I love the video too! With best wishes, Roseanna - Pepe and Co


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