Vets warning about blood sucking ticks

PUBLISHED: 15:29 11 August 2015 | UPDATED: 15:29 11 August 2015

Chris Packham with dogs Itchy and Scratchy

Chris Packham with dogs Itchy and Scratchy

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Bites from the tiny insects can transmit serious infections, such as Lyme disease, a debilitating illness that can cause long-term health problems in pets and people.

East Devon vets have issued an alert to dog owners over the health risks posed by blood sucking ticks.

Bites from the tiny insects can transmit serious infections, such as Lyme disease, a debilitating illness that can cause long-term health problems in pets and people.

Now local veterinary practices are joining naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham and the University of Bristol in the Big Tick Project.

Dog owners can take their pets for a tick check to participating practices including Coombefield Veterinary Hospital at Axminster and New Street Vet Centre, in Honiton.

Any ticks found on dogs will be sent to Bristol University laboratories to help advance the knowledge of tick-borne disease, benefiting both veterinary and human medicine.

Chris Packham says the challenge of keeping dogs and people tick-free has never been greater, adding: “Research highlighted by experts at Bristol University suggests that ticks are a growing problem, especially in areas such as urban parkland, woodland or open country. 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.”

Dog owners wanting to take part in the Big Tick Project with a tick check for their dog can visit www.bigtickproject.co.uk or contact: Coombefield Veterinary Hospital, Coombe Lane, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AX, or New Street Vet Centre, 62 New Street, Honiton, Devon, EX14 1BZ.

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