Worm Advice

Ticks

What do they look like and where do they live?

  • Ticks have eight legs rather than six, and their bodies are composed of only two¬†sections
  • Ixodes ricinus is the most common tick in the UK and Ireland
  • They are generally found in rural areas

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The Human Risk

Parasites are unpleasant and can, in some cases, transmit fatal diseases to dogs and cats. However, one of the most worrying human risks comes from the roundworm 'Toxocara' . In rare cases, if ingested by a human this parasite can move to the back of the eye and cause blindness!

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Lungworm in Dogs

Due to the serious nature of this parasite a regular preventative treatment should be considered if you frequently see slugs or snails in your locality. Slugs and snails are on the increase and dogs can swallow these accidentally. Standard wormers do not prevent this parasite; so speak to your vet for more advice.

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