The owner of Uckfield pet shop Paws n Claws is urging dog owners to check their animals for ticks each morning and night following a warning about a rare disease that could spread quickly and prove fatal.
Justine Dunsmore said dogs in Essex – “not far from us at all” have been treated after contracting a potentially fatal disease caused by the Babesia parasite which is transmitted by a tick.
Justine says she scrupulously looks over her two cocker spaniels Freddie and Maggie twice a day and by doing so is able to quickly spot and remove ticks and fleas. That task would be even more important now.
Justine says advice is changing about treatment of fleas and ticks as they become resistant to a popular brand of insecticide but a recommended substitute does not work on ticks – or claim to do so – and people using it on their animals aren’t always aware of this.
“I am in the process of checking what is the best thing to do at the moment and will share the news with my customers once I know,” says Justine.
“The areas of dogs most susceptible to ticks are the muzzle, ears and feet, and if you can get a tick off within 24 hours then this disease won’t take hold.”
• A variety of deals are currently on offer at Paws n Claws including Tiny Friends Farm food and treats by the same brand for small animals.
There’s also money off Burgess Excel food, dried forage and Dandelion and Marigold Herbage and off Gerty guinea pig food.
There’s an offer on Burns dog food too and Schmackos treats.