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Weather brings danger of ticks and fleas


Monday August 22nd 2016

Vets are warning owners to check their pets for ticks and fleas with recent weather creating the prefect breeding ground for the parasites.

Owners are being reminded to brush and check over their pet's hair after being outside.

Damp and warm conditions in the UK means grass will grow longer and thicker, increasing the numbers of ticks and fleas.

Dr Huw Stacey, director of clinical services at Vets4Pets, said: "Every year when the weather is wet but mild, we see a rise in the number of pets coming into our practices suffering from parasites.

"Adult fleas can jump 165 times their own length and can easily spread from one pet to another when they are outside enjoying the summer weather.

Ticks can't jump but can attach themselves onto pets to feed on their blood, causing skin irritation and discomfort. There's also a risk that dangerous diseases.

Dr Stacey advises owners against removing ticks with tweezers or their fingers, for risk of leaving the parasite's head behind which can cause further problems.

Ticks can spread a number of dangerous diseases, including Lyme disease which can be caught by humans.

Copyright Press Association 2016