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Redditch pet owners urged to take action
7:00am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
WITH the arrival of autumn, tick season has begun with experts urging pet owners in Redditch to take action.
Ticks, small arachnids which feed on the blood of animals, are particularly common in rural areas where wildlife, long grasses and hardwood trees provide an ideal habitat for ticks to thrive.
Tick season peaks during the spring and autumn months, when damp conditions create the perfect environment for tick numbers to flourish, meaning that dogs and cats are more prone to picking up these unwanted visitors.
Maeve Moorcroft, head of pets at Pets at Home, said: “With the tick population at its highest level during the autumn months, it’s crucial pet owners seek advice on the best tick treatments.
"A pet can easily pick up a tick whilst out in the garden or playing in the long grass without an owner’s knowledge and if left this can have serious consequences for the animal.”
Ticks are only second to mosquitos throughout the world in transmitting infectious diseases to humans and animals, the most common being Lyme disease which can prove fatal.
To tackle ticks, Pets at Home Redditch has teamed up with Frontline to offer customers advice from fully trained and qualified experts to dispense veterinary strength treatments.
They will even weigh customers’ pets for free in store to ensure the correct dosage is given.
Pets at Home Redditch’s tick event will take place on Saturday to Sunday, October 12 to 13, with customers also able to enter a free prize draw to win £250 vouchers to spend in-store.
For more information, visit petsathome.com.
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