Ticks found on ‘one third’ of dogs, researchers say
Almost a third of dogs checked at random across the UK were found to be carrying a tick, researchers say.
The finding comes from the largest survey of ticks in dogs.
Researchers also found that the risk of an animal picking up a tick is as great in urban areas as in rural ones.
Ticks can carry a range of diseases including Lyme disease, and also a parasite discovered in the UK for the first time earlier this year that is potentially fatal to dogs.
Lyme disease has the potential to cause serious health problems, such as meningitis and heart failure.
In the most serious cases, it can be fatal.
Almost 15,000 dogs from across the UK were examined in the study, which was carried out by Bristol University last year.
Just under a third (31%) of these dogs checked at random during a visit to the vet were found to be carrying a tick.
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Sarah Bignell was a very fit and active vet before she went on a walking holiday in Aberfeldy in Scotland in 2011. “There was a small note in the cabin saying this was a Lyme disease hotspot but I didn’t think anything of it. I had no idea,” she says.
Six weeks later, she started suffering pain in her bones, joints and nerves… (to continue)
Faith’s note: I know not a cheery subject, but I thought it important to spread this information.