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Cross out theTicks!
If you walk in the countryside, especially heath, woodland, long grasses...
Dorset County Council's Environment Team Manager has sent out the following message:
A recent report has forecast an increase this year in numbers of ticks in the countryside owing to the mild and wet winter which appears not to have checked the normal annual rise in populations during the summer. This could lead to an increase in incidence of Lyme disease, which is the most common tick-borne infectious disease in Europe and North America.
Anyone who spends time in woodland or heathland areas are at heightened risk of developing Lyme disease because these areas are where tick-carrying animals, particularly deer, live. Public Health England estimates there are 2,000 to 3,000 cases of Lyme disease in England and Wales each year, only a small proportion of which occur while people are abroad.
Tick bites often go unnoticed and the tick can remain feeding for several days before dropping off. The longer the tick is in place, the higher the risk of it passing on the infection. The earliest and most common symptom of Lyme disease is a pink or red circular rash that develops around the area of the bite, within a few days or up to a month after someone has been bitten.
The good news is that Lyme disease is treatable especially if diagnosed early. If you suspect you may have the infection following a tick bite please contact your medical practitioner immediately.
Further information can be found at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/
and Hillside vets did an article for us last year on ticks and your dog
...so thanks for that reminder Phil, and don't forget that if you or your dog has a tick you need to use a gentle turning motion and a tick hook to get it out (an Australian vet showed me how you can gently circle round and round the tick's body with a finger too - they let go!) - don't just yank it out you're likely to leave bits in.
Itchy scratchy - is your pet affected?
Changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act
If you have a dog...
Be aware of recent changes in the law, simply explained at https://www.nawt.org.uk/advice/changes-dangerous-dogs-act-advice-owners
New members 11 April-7 May
Website glitch for new members joining online & events forms submissions
Heart disease in our pets...read more
Dogs on Fire Training?
Urban Heaths Partnership Warden Dogs doing Fire Training
Do you live in Poole area?
We've been asked a question - can you help answer it?
It's a question for anyone living in the Poole borough council area:
Do you, or people you know, ever go over with a dog to any of the Studland area beaches, Arne area or Lytchett Bay area (Upton), especially in the autumn/winter?
We need as many answers as possible - please send an email to email@example.com with 'Studland Y' or 'Studland N' - if you've asked friends too put the number (eg Studland Y 8 if you and 8 people you know take their dogs over there).
Nightjars & skylarks, lapwings & Dartford Warblers...
...what do these birds have in common?
Answer: They all nest on or near the ground!
Now's the time to be aware our dogs may cause problems for birds trying to nest and rear chicks - check out the doggy do code to find out how to avoid this.