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Date:   17 May, 2011  
Focus: Small animals - dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs & rabbits
 
The Kinder Generation Of Singaporeans 
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS
Date:   17 May, 2011  
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Ticks in big breeds in Singapore's houses and factories are still present. To de-tick them, use an effective anti-tick wash regularly (e.g. 3-weekly depending on how severe is your dog infested). But be very careful when bathing the dog's body with this wash as it is poisonous to the dog and people.

Apply effective spot-on every 2-3 weekly till the tick population is reduced. Cut the grass short.

In heavily infested dogs, I advise clipping off the whole coat to reduce the large numbers of blood sucking ticks which may number in the thousands and multiplying. Then the dog is bathed with an effective anti-tick bath. Ticks are removed the next day. It is a tedious job but it needs to be done. The owner should then apply spot-on anti-tick insecticide every 3-weekly.

For smaller breeds being taken out daily for walks, the spot-on insecticide is usually effective if applied regularly. Change brands if you find that your present one is not working.  Consult your vet.

The younger generation of Singaporeans are kinder towards sick and disadvantaged dogs and cats and will help them to get rid of ticks in dogs and fleas in cats. Young children may be distressed at seeing the pet scratching daily and big fat mother ticks crawling on the floor of the patio. They spend more time with their pets than do the working or busy adults. They will not have the financial means and it is up to the parents to help their pets seek professional de-ticking.
 
In heavily infested dogs and cats, groomers or veterinarians may be contacted for advices. Some groomers do not want tick-infested dogs in their premises and some don't like to clip the heavily infested coat. 

tick bites can cause disease and tick fever in dogs. de-tick them. toapayohvets, singaporeParents/Owners who want their dogs de-ticked at Toa Payoh Vets, please phone 6254-3326 or 9668-6469, e-mail judy@toapayohvets.com to make an appointment.

Reference: Tick Control Information for Vet Students

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