Blood sucking ticks are feeding earlier in the year and for longer, putting Stonehaven’s dogs and their owners at risk.
Tick bites can transmit serious infections, such as Lyme disease, a serious and debilitating illness that can cause long term health problems in dogs and people. Now, Stonehaven’s veterinary practice is taking action by joining naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham and the University of Bristol in the Big Tick Project. This new nationwide initiative runs from spring through to autumn, tracking the rise of the tick population in the UK and finding out how many carry disease.
Dog owners can take their pets to participating practice Kirton Vet Centre in Stonehaven for a tick check and advice about innovations in effective tick control. Any ticks found on dogs will be collected and sent to Bristol University laboratories to help advance the knowledge of tick-borne disease, benefiting both veterinary and human medicine.
Local practice Kirton Vet Centre is determined to do all they can to ensure Stonehaven’s pets are protected. As well as helping to keep local pets safe, participating in The Big Tick Project gives vets and dog owners a chance to contribute to building important knowledge of this damaging disease.
New advances and treatment innovation means that there are a number of ways that vets can control ticks, including the use of spot-ons, sprays, collars and oral chewable formulations which can last up to 12 weeks. That means there should be an easy and practical solution for every owner in Stonehaven who wants to help protect their dog against ticks.
To find out more visit www.bigtickproject.co.uk or contact Kirton Vet Centre.