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Chris Packham heads to Wimbledon Common

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Dog owners and walkers are being invited to bring their pets along to meet TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham who is visiting Wimbledon Common on 2 September with the Big Tick Project team to mark the start of Tick Awareness Month.

Chris will be on the Common for the one-day free event open to all dog owners and walkers. He is set to give a series of three talks (11am, 12.30 and 2pm) on the threat from ticks and tick-borne disease as well as the preventative measures we can take to protect our dogs, cats and ourselves from the risk of tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease. 

Together with vets and vet nurses will also be showing how to check pets for ticks and remove attached ticks from dogs safely.Chris will also be meeting vet Sarah Bignell MRCVS who will talk about her own experience with Lyme disease.

During Tick Awareness Month you can head to your local veterinary practice for more information on the threat from ticks and tick-borne disease.

To reduce the risk associated with ticks in dogs, veterinary practices have innovative and convenient treatments that are only available on prescription. 

The options available to protect dogs against exposure to ticks include oral chewable formulations which can give up to 12 weeks protection, spot-ons (typically applied every four weeks), sprays and collars.

 

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Published: 10:52, 30 August 2016 | Updated: 11:12, 30 August 2016