WHAT ARE TICKS?
They’re eight-legged arachnids that bite through skin of humans and animals to feed on their blood.
There are different species of ticks in the UK and ticks are different sizes before and after they feed. If they’ve only just climbed onto your dog and haven’t yet fed, they’ll only be about the size of a sesame seed. Once they’ve had a feed, ticks can grow up to 200 times to reach the size of a coffee bean.
This may all sound nasty enough, but the real issue is ticks can transmit diseases while they’re feeding. If our dogs aren’t treated with a tick product, ticks will typically stay on them for up to 10 days, feeding on their blood and increasing the chance of transmitting serious illness to them.
1 in 3 dogs in the UK are carrying ticks1