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Map of tick risk

The risks are increased if you or your pet walk in grassy or heathland areas, and/or areas where wildlife roams.

Keep in mind that even if you live in a low-risk area, your pet might be at risk if you walk in areas with tall grass and lots of wildlife.

Choose your county from the dropdown below or click the area on the map to see the potential tick risk in your area.

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Diseases related to ticks

 

Babesiosis

Babesia is a parasite that infects red blood cells. It can also affect humans…

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Babesiosis


• Babesia is a parasite that infects red blood cells

• Infection with Babesia is called babesiosis

• The parasitic infection is usually transmitted by a tick bite

• Tick protection can be bought from the vet practice; if your pet becomes unwell, following a tick bite, contact your vet immediately

• Using a suitable product and checking animals regularly is important to avoid bites and disease

 

Babesia can also affect humans. Common symptoms include:

• Fatigue
• Severe headache
• Muscle aches
• Joint pain
• Abdominal pain
• Nausea
• Skin bruising
• Yellowing of skin and eyes

Lyme disease

Wild animals, especially small rodents and deer, can carry Lyme bacteria...

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Lyme disease


Wild animals, especially small rodents and deer are naturally carriers of Lyme bacteria. When a tick feeds on infected wildlife the tick picks up the bacteria, then Lyme disease is spread to dogs and cats through the bite of an infected tick.

Common symptoms include:

• Fever
• Loss of appetite
• Reduced energy
• Lameness (can be shifting, intermittent and recurring)
• Stiffness, discomfort, or pain
• Swelling of joints

Lyme disease can also affect humans if bitten by an infected tick. It can vary from no illness to severe disease, and signs may start 1 to 2 weeks after infection (the tick bite).

A small red lump may develop at the site of the bite – this may then slowly spread into a large circular ‘bull’s-eye’ type rash.

Other common symptoms include:

• Fever
• Body aches
• Stiff neck
• Headache

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