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Please remember to be Tick Aware

This large, male Dermacentor Tick shown in the video was found on a dog walker’s neck this morning after walking his dogs on Tollesbury Wick marshes.

His dogs have luckily been regularly treated with a monthly flea and tick tablet but it is very important to check your dogs and yourselves after your walks.


The sunny, warm weather seems to have brought out the ticks in the area.

This tick was removed from a dog this morning (it had not attached) and looks to be a male Dermacentor tick.

Please speak to our Veterinary Nurses for advice on parasite prevention products.

More about Ticks

Ticks are very small insects (or Arachnids ie same family as spiders!) that are often found in very grassy or woodland areas.

They start off quite small, but as they feed on their host they can grow to quite a dramatic size!

Ticks are most active in the Summer and Autumn months, but as the UK has rather variable weather, we are seeing a lot of ticks outside of the usual times.

If you see a tick on your pet, please do get in touch. Please don’t try and pull the tick off, as this can sometimes leave the mouth parts behind causing local infection and inflammation.

Also, trying to remove the tick by poking it or smothering it in vaseline can sometimes cause the tick to regurgitate its blood meal back into your pet, thereby spreading any diseases it might be carrying.

It is important to check your pets thoroughly after a walk, especially if taking dogs out to woodland areas. Ticks can hide in between toes where they can be very painful and cause discomfort.

We have a range of tick treatments available, so if you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch!