Throughout spring and early summer Alnorthumbria Vets has been taking part in the Big Tick Project, which is being organised by the University of Bristol alongside television wildlife presenter Chris Packham.
The idea behind the study is to track the rise of the tick population across the UK, finding out how many of them are carrying the disease.
Ticks are most active during the warmer months and can carry potentially fatal diseases.
Recent research found an alarming lack of awareness amongst dog owners about ticks and Lyme disease – 47 per cent of dog owners surveyed didn’t know that ticks can transmit diseases to both dogs and humans, whilst more than half, (54 per cent), of dog owners didn’t know that Lyme disease affects both dogs and humans.
Bristol University will begin its study in September and has been overwhelmed by the volume of ticks collected.
The Big Tick Project is a response to what appears to be the rapidly growing problem of Lyme disease in the UK, with potential for health and economic impacts.
There are preventive medicines available via all of our surgeries.
Our most popular is Bravecto, a chewable tablet for dogs that gives 12-week protection against fleas and ticks. We have had good results across the practice.
If you suspect your dog’s flea and tick protection has lapsed, call any of our branches and pick up the appropriate treatment to make sure your dog is protected over the high risk summer months.