We visited Apsley's wonderful vet, Dr Kim Facey for an annual checkup.
While there, we saw some posters warning of ticks. Now that it's spring and people and pets are spending time in the woods it's a good time for a reminder about the risk of Ticks.
Ticks are part of the spider family and will wait in tall grass until you walk by so they can climb onto you as you walk past. Best to wear long pants and socks with pant legs tucked into the socks when in the woods. The hitch-hiking tick will find a spot on the skin of you or your pet to bury it's head, it will stay for many days, engorging, slowly filling its body with blood. You may not even be aware of it's presence. There is a special tool that helps remove ticks safely, check with your local vet or pharmacy. Care must be taken to remove the tick properly.
Ticks can carry Lyme Disease though rarely found in our area (Apsley and surrounding areas) now. That said, it is estimated that within 7 years, a large percentage of ticks in the area WILL carry Lyme disease.
Apparently there is nothing yet available for human use but there is for pets, check with your vet about one of two products, Bravecto or Revolution that will help protect pets from Ticks.
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