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Riparian forest ticks on the rise: this is how you protect yourself and your pets

Slowly but surely, a new type of tick is finding its home in Germany, even in the cold season. The alluvial forest tick is also on the move in winter and in icy temperatures. But what if it comes too close to humans and animals? Hobby gardeners and dog owners should be careful!

Where does the tick come from?

Wherever it is damp, i.e. in alluvial forests, moors, wet lawns and meadows or garden hedges. Especially when gardening in spring or when walking the dog, you should be careful and then check yourself or your pet for symptoms.

Is it dangerous to humans?

If you are bitten by a tick, you can get so-called spotted fever. It is a reportable illness that has symptoms such as sudden, severe headache, body aches, rapidly rising fever, and chills. A rash also forms with purple, red, and pink patches on the skin. Skin bleeding is also possible. The fever is treated with antibiotics.

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Is it dangerous for pets?

Regardless of whether it is wild animals or your own four-legged friend, a bite from the alluvial forest tick can be dangerous. If the tick gets stuck, the animal can develop barbesiosis. This is an infection that, similar to malaria, destroys the red blood cells and can be fatal for animals. As in humans, symptoms of an illness include a high fever and clouding of the urine, through which the blood cells are excreted.

What is the best way to protect pets?

There are many different approaches here. Regardless of whether it is a tick collar, anti-tick shampoo or medical preparations for dropping on, they all reduce the risk of our four-legged friends being attacked by ticks.

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