A POTENTIALLY FATAL PROBLEM

Ticks may be small, but they can transmit serious diseases when feeding on your pet's blood.

PETS CAN PICK UP TICKS WHEREVER THEY GO

Ticks wait on vegetation for a host to pass by.
PETS CAN PICK UP TICKS WHEREVER THEY GO

Ticks can be found anywhere – forests, the countryside, urban parks, gardens and grassy areas too

There are numerous species, but the most common to the UK are Ixodes, Dermacentor and Rhipicephalus ticks

There’s an increased number of ticks in warmer months, but they are a risk all year round

HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR PET HAS TICKS

HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR PET HAS TICKS

Most ticks are only the size of a sesame seed when they latch onto their host, so they're very hard to spot. Once they start to feed, ticks can swell up to 200 times their original size, sometimes reaching the size of a coffee bean. So, it’s important to regularly check your pet for ticks, paying close attention to areas where the fur is thinner, such as their tummy, head and ears.

A common problem

A recent UK study found that 1 in 3 dogs carry ticks.*

Serious disease risk

Ticks can carry tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, which they can transmit to pets and humans, and babesiosis which can be fatal to dogs.

Remove ticks safely

The longer a tick has been feeding, the higher the risk of disease transmission. Safely remove ticks with a tick remover as soon as you find them to limit the risk.

TOP TIPS TO TREAT AND PREVENT TICKS

Treating for ticks makes sense for you and your pet, but not all parasite treatments are the same. Here are some tips to help you effectively resolve the problem.

Use a treatment which kills both fleas and the most common species of tick found in the UK, such as FRONTLINE Plus or FRONTLINE Spot On

Pay close attention to areas where the fur is thinner, such as the abdomen, head and ears

If you find a tick, don't pull or squeeze it, as this can increase the risk of disease transmission. Remove it with an adequate tool, such as the FRONTLINE Tick Remover

Remember, you need to remove the tick in its entirety to avoid further complications such as abscesses

How-to videos

HOW TO PROTECT AND TREAT YOUR PET AGAINST TICKS

HOW TO PROTECT AND TREAT YOUR PET AGAINST TICKS

HOW TO REMOVE TICKS FROM YOUR PET

HOW TO REMOVE TICKS FROM YOUR PET

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*Abdullah, S. et al. (2016). Ticks infesting domestic dogs in the UK: a large-scale surveillance programme. Parasites & Vectors. 9:391.

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