Wherever you live in the UK, your pet can pick up ticks – from your garden, urban parks or rural areas.
- Ticks are a member of the spider family.
- Ticks are blood-sucking parasites that pierce your pet’s skin with their mouthparts and cement themselves into position to prevent easy removal.
- Due to the method of attachment and their blood-feeding process, ticks can cause several different problems for your pet – including potentially life-threatening diseases.
- Ticks are bloodsuckers that bury their mouthparts under the skin. Ticks are tiny - about the size of a pinhead, have eight legs, and can be black, brown, red or tan in colour. Once they attach themselves, they can swell up to the size of a grape.
How Do I Spot Ticks?
Ticks are just large enough to be visible, particularly when engorged with blood when they look like small warts. You'll usually find them around the head and neck areas. Just part your pets fur and run your fingers along the skin.
How Do I Treat Ticks?
Ticks can be removed but you have to be very careful that they don't leave their mouthparts behind in the skin or your cat may have a nasty reaction. Ask your vet to show you how to remove them, or use a flea product like Johnson’s Pet that work well against ticks.