Celebs and pet owners get the inside word on ticks and fleas at ‘Tick-Nic’ event

In support of Bayer’s ‘No Bite Is Right’ campaign ‘Tick-Nics’ have been held around the country where celebs such as TOWIE’s Lydia Bright and Brendan Lynch former finalist on the Great British Bake Off have mixed with dog owners for plenty of advice on keeping their pets free from pests this summer

This month is Lyme Disease Awareness month, with the disease commonly spread by ticks. It can affect both animals and humans and in the latter symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and a pink or red circular rash. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart and the nervous system

TV Vet David Grant has been giving advice to pet owners around the country on the risks of ticks to both pets and their owners, where ticks are commonly found, how to remove them and how to prevent them.

Watch our video where dog loving celebrities Lydia Bright from TOWIE and Brendan Lynch former finalist on the Great British Bake Off, mix with dog owners for plenty of advice from David and other vets on how to keep the creepy-crawlies off their furry friends this summer.

Learn how to protect your dog from ticks with Chris Packham

Watch our show live from the New Forest to learn how to check and protect your dogs against ticks

Show date: Thursday 23rd April
Show time: 2:45pm

Vets across the UK are set to take part in the Big Tick Project, launching on Thursday 23rd April. This will see dog owners collecting ticks from their pets throughout the UK in a bid to help scientists track what is feared to be a growing threat to dogs and people from tick-borne diseases such as Lyme Disease.

Lyme Disease is caused by a bite from an infected tick. Dogs can be bitten while walking through wooded areas or parkland in both towns and the countryside. Symptoms include lameness, lethargy and fever.  If left untreated they can lead to more serious conditions such as kidney disease and heart failure.  Many cases of tick infestation are likely to go unnoticed by owners as they are only detected by a thorough examination.

The Big Tick Project is being supported by TV presenter, naturalist and dog lover Chris Packham, and aims to raise awareness of the risks and symptoms associated with tick-borne disease, and to educate owners how they can reduce their dog’s exposure to ticks and the diseases they carry.

Ticks on dogs

Throughout spring and early summer when ticks are most active, vets taking part in the Big Tick Project will be giving dogs visiting their practice a thorough tick check.

Tune into our live programme to learn how you can identify and remove ticks correctly from your dogs, as well as highlighting how vets can offer the best ways to prevent and control ticks and fleas, tailored to individual pets needs.

Chris Packham joins veterinary dermatologist Paul Sands MRCVS and dog owners for MyPetonline’s latest web vet clinic on ticks as part of the Big Tick Project and Big Flea Guarantee campaigns.