Roger Salmon column

Roger Salmon.
Roger Salmon.

Ticks and the diseases they carry have received a lot of attention in both humans and animals.

Ticks are extremely efficient at spreading diseases both in the UK and other countries and therefore Lyme disease and other diseases are being reported with increasing frequency.

The warmer climate has led to ticks moving into new areas, with European ticks moving to the UK.

Lyme disease can cause signs of fever and shifting lameness but are not always seen which makes diagnosis difficult.

The reported incidence of Lyme disease in people is gradually increasing, rising from 1 case in 200,000 in the UK in 2001 to 3 in 200,000 in 2011.

Pets travelling abroad have increased the incidence of diseases not normally seen in the UK such as Babesia, Erlichia and Anaplasma.

Preventing ticks attaching provides the best method of reducing the incidence of Lyme disease and a number of products obtained from your vet prevent ticks attaching and kill ticks once they are in place.

As transmission does not take place until at least 24 hours after tick attachment, prompt removal of the ticks within this period will stop transmission and the use of a hook device such as O’TOM is essential.

The prevalence of clinical cases of tick diseases in the UK is likely to increase over time, as a result of both increased pet travel and changes in tick population and disease reservoirs.

There are a number of good products such as Frontline and Activyl Tick Plus which need to be used by all owners of dogs walked regularly in areas of high tick numbers- especially Autumn and Spring together with prompt tick removal.

Why not call in to our Garden Party at Bay Vets on Sunday, May 18 from 10am-4pm at Baldrand House, Lancaster when you can find everything you need to know about ticks, fleas and other parasites.