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Ticks

January 23, 2020

We have had a number of Tick enquiries over the last week and we have had to remove a few ticks off dogs.
It is important that you remove ticks by the head at the bite site as their heads can easily detach and therefore remain in the animals skin. You can achieve this with tweezers or by pinching the base with your nails and pulling directly out.
Ticks in New Zealand do not pose an extreme risk to your pets but they should be prevented with Flea & Tick treatment such as Bravecto. They should be removed when noticed as they can cause irritation and in severe cases cause anaemia.
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