Babesiosis Update

Obviously some of you may be a little concerned after reading recent reports of dogs in Essex developing Babesiosis from infected ticks.

We would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that the risk to our own dogs is still extremely low indeed.

Dermacentor ticks carrying the Babesia canis organism are prevalent mostly in southern Europe which means that travelling pets are at higher risk.
Dogs who have never travelled abroad are at very low risk.

In 2012 the Pet Travel Scheme legislation was changed and travelling pets were no longer required a tick treatment before re-entering the UK.

However at 608 Vets we have continued to recommend that all travelling pets are treated for ticks regularly while travelling.
This advice has not changed.

If you are at all concerned about your pet and ticks, please do come in to see one of our vets to discuss treatment options.

Please note that Advocate and Advantage do not treat ticks but there are alternative treatments which we can discuss and together we can decide on the best option for your dog.

Read an interesting (and factual) article here…