There have recently been four cases of Babesiosis in dogs reported in Essex. One dog has died. These dogs have never travelled outside the UK.
This disease has never been seen in the UK before but is widespread in Europe. It is presumed to have come into the country on a dog travelling in from mainland Europe. Now it appears that we have infected ticks in the UK, and the disease is likely to spread. It is transmitted between dogs by the bite of an infected tick. This strain poses no danger to humans, or to cats.
Babesia causes a complex form of anaemia in dogs. Symptoms include lethargy, fever, pale gums and red/ brown urine. There are blood tests for the disease. Treatment is complex and can include blood transfusions.
We advise reviewing your dog's protection against ticks. Ticks should be removed from dogs as soon as they are found, using a tick removing hook, available from the surgery. A tick has to be attached for 24-48 hours to transmit the disease.
There are spot-on products (Frontline Combo), tablets (Bravecto) and collars (Seresto) to repel and/or kill ticks. Also Effipro or Frontline Pump-on sprays. Some of these also protect against fleas and worms. We can advise on which is most suitable for you.
We recommend worming and treating your cat or dog for fleas and ticks on a regular basis.
It is far better to prevent then to treat when it is too late.
An infestation of fleas in your home can cause problems for everyone that lives there, especially once the larvae take up home there as well and start to live in the fibres of your carpets. Not to mention the discomfort experienced by your pet and the risk of transmission of some parasites to humans.
We offer a range of different types of treatment including tablets, spot-ons to be used on the back of the animals neck and medicated collars, each to suit different pets and their circumstances.
Fleas are blood-sucking parasites that can make life miserable for pets and their owners. They can cause:
They’re a common problem, with 1 in 5 cats and 1 in 10 dogs having fleas. They multiply fast with just one female flea laying around 50 eggs a day.
Ticks are an increasing problem and can cause serious health issues and are second only to mosquitoes in transmitting infectious disease to humans and animals.
Ticks can affect your pet in a number of ways and can:
It is important to worm your pets as they can cause diseases in people including child blindness and problems for pregnant women.
Worms can be picked up anywhere your dog or cat goes as they are widespread throughout the UK. Rarely would an animal eat a worm, they eat the microscopic eggs that have been passed out in the faeces of others which is where the problems begin.
Fleas play an important role in the transfer of tapeworms as they may contain the larvae and become ingested themselves through your pets natural grooming.
The frequency with which you should treat your pet to prevent fleas, ticks and worms depends on a number of factors but will range between every one to three months.
Please contact us and talk to our nursing team who will offer free and friendly advice on the best treatment to use on your pet.