Ticks and Diseases Associated with Ticks
Recently there has been a lot of media attention about a new disease spread by ticks (which has been found in dogs) in the UK. This disease is called Babesiosis and at present these incidences have been localised to the Essex area but there is a concern that it could spread to elsewhere in the UK. At present there has not been any confirmed cases in the Bath area but stay tuned to this website/ facebook/twitter feed in case the situation changes.
In the meantime we do recommend that prevention against ticks is important with respect to another disease called Lyme disease which has been detected in Bath, in fact we had three positive cases last year. Lyme disease is a particularly debilitating disease which can sometimes be quite difficult to treat. The best way to prevent Lyme disease is do make sure that your pet has the adequate protection if they are prone to Ticks attaching to their coat.
Your options to prevent Ticks :
Cats : the best way to avoid ticks on cats is a Seresto collar which lasts 8 months and therefore is best worn during the tick season from April to October. Other products are available if your cat will not tolerate a collar, please contact us to discuss.
Dogs : We advise monthly treatment with Simparica. Dogs can also wear a collar as mentioned above, and a spot-on treatment is also available (however the spot-on MUST NOT BE USED on dogs who live in a household with cats)