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Being a dog owner is one of my favourite things. I just could never imagine living without a four legged friend ever again. Whenever I am at home and there are no dogs about (this happens very rarely) I feel as though something is missing. A huge hole in the fabric of our home.
Even when we had Doodle after losing Twiglet last year it took a long period of adjustment to not having Twigs around. That is a big part of why Grace has been such a breath of fresh air for us all.
Being a responsible dog owner also means arming yourself with facts about why it is important to do certain things in your dog’s care routine and regular treatment with products such as FRONTLINE® are vital for maintaining your dog’s health and well-being.
FRONTLINE® doesn’t just protect against the common flea but also ticks which are far more common in the summer months than in the winter. I didn’t realise that ticks can be found anywhere your pet goes, not just the obvious high risk places such as forests, heathland, and grassy areas but also in urban playgrounds, parks and even your back garden. So it’s really important to take action to protect your pet and yourself. I had always thought of ticks as being a ‘countryside’ issue but it would appear not to be the case at all.
Ticks and their diseases
I had never heard of canine babesiosis before, but it is a fatal tick-borne disease that has been recently reported in the UK1. In the past the cases had been linked to travel outside of the UK but the most recent ones are different. These new cases are significant because none of the dogs had travelled outside the UK, which shows that an infected population of ticks has become established in this region.
Another important tick-borne disease to be aware of is Lyme disease, which can lead to serious complications to pets and humans if left untreated. And with a recent report showing that cases in dogs have increased by more than 500% since 2009*, the risk to our pets can’t be ignored.
1 in 3 ticks in the UK have been found to carry an infectious disease that may affect dogs2 so it’s important to take action to protect your pet.
Ticks are actually second only to mosquitoes in transmitting infectious diseases to both humans and animals3, something that has really surprised me!
To help protect your pet from ticks and fleas, apply FRONTLINE® Spot On monthly. It kills ticks within 48 hours of contact with your treated pet, minimising the risk of tick-borne disease transmission.
*PDSA Pet Hospitals data 2009-2015
2.Personal communication, Faith Smith, University of Bristol, 2010
3.Beugnet, F. (2013) Guide to Vector Borne Diseases of Pets.
FRONTLINE® Spot On contains fipronil. Legal category: AVM-GSL (UK). ®Registered Trademark. For further prescribing information, refer to the data sheet on www.noahcompendium.co.uk or contact Merial Animal Health Ltd, CM19 5TG, UK. Use medicines responsibly