Pets, ticks and climate change
Have you got a cat or a dog? Do you protect them against ticks?
Vets from Protect My Pet want us all to be aware of how changes in the climate could affect the types and distribution of tinies such as ticks and mosquitoes. These can spread disease. There are longer summer seasons, warmer and wetter springs and autumns – and so ticks are active for longer. This means the risk of disease being spread is increased.
They have noted new varieties of ticks in the UK – and changes in the occurrence of tick-borne diseases in our pets.
The most likely reason for these changes are longer summer seasons. Warmer and wetter spring or autumn; enabling ticks to be active for longer and increasing the risk of disease spread.
Unfortunately, Public Health England have announced the first finding of TBE in the UK. Many people who get TBE will have no symptoms, or non-specific flu-like symptoms. But others can get a more serious disease involving the central nervous system. It can be fatal.
Dogs can’t transmit the TBE virus to people directly but they can pick up the disease carrying ticks. And they’re more resistant to TBE than people – but if they are affected, their symptoms are the same.
So protection against ticks is better than cure!
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