Your dog may come into the UK with the brown dog tick which can transmit diseases to humans and animals.  Unlike ticks in the UK, this species CAN ALSO LIVE INDOORS AND INFEST HOUSES and is a real health risk.

Many dogs will travel without acquiring ticks but for those that do, you can help protect the health of your dog and you by doing the following:

  1. Seek advice from us about ticks, preventative measures and other health concerns resulting from travelling outside of the UK, prior to travelling with your dog or considering the importation of a dog.
  2. Remove any ticks found on your or your dog promptly and safely - use a tick hook so none of the tick is left embedded in the skin.  We can show you how to do this and have a selection of tick hooks to purchase.  DISPOSE OF ANY TICKS CAREFULLY.
  3. Remain vigilant by checking your dog and their bedding, yourself and your home for ticks once returning to the UK.
  4. Contact your vet if your dog becomes unwell or your GP if you notice you have been bitten by a tick or start to feel unwell.  For further advice on signs, including the donuts or bulls-eye rash, visit the following NHS England page: click here.
  5. Seek tick identification and pest control when necessary, should you have a tick infestation in your home.

For more information about tick prevention control for your dog, please ring us on 01376 325511.

This information has been reproduced from the Public Health England Travelling with or importing dogs poster, click here.