A Crawley vets has signed up to a nationwide campaign to help combat the increasing problem of tick bites.
The blood sucking creatures are feeding earlier in the year and for longer, putting Crawley’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, the Stanbridge Vet Clinic, which has branches in Three Bridges Road and Gossops Green Drive, is taking action by joining naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham and the University of Bristol in the Big Tick Project tracking the rise of the UK tick population.
Dog owners can take their pets to the clinics for a check and advice about effective tick control. Any ticks found on dogs will be collected and sent to the university laboratories to help advance the knowledge of tick-borne disease, benefiting both veterinary and human medicine.
Chris Packham said: “Research highlighted by the Big Tick Project experts at Bristol University suggests that ticks are a growing problem, especially in areas such as urban parkland, woodland or open country. While I find both ticks and fleas interesting creatures, I don’t want them on my dogs, in my house, or on me.”
He added: “I want the best advice and treatment available and I know I can get this by talking to my vet.”
Ticks are hard to spot when small but can transmit infections as they feed off the blood of their host. Dog owners often see ticks when they have increased in size after their feed, but by then the damage may have been done.
For more information about the project go to www.bigtickproject.co.uk
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