A Survey of Ticks Infesting Dogs and Cats in Ireland

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Title: A Survey of Ticks Infesting Dogs and Cats in Ireland
Authors: De Waal, TheoLawlor, AmandaZintl, AnnettaCowley, D. J. BoscoBagha, Atiyah
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/12465
Date: 12-Aug-2020
Online since: 2021-09-14T09:01:19Z
Abstract: Ticks are important ectoparasites of dogs and cats. Infestations can result in itching and localised dermatitis. In addition, ticks can act as vector of a range of viral, bacterial and protozoal pathogens. This paper reports the results of a nationwide survey of ticks infesting dogs and cats in Ireland. Seventy veterinary practices submitted a total of 120 ticks collected from 56 dogs and 16 cats. Ixodes ricinus was the most abundant species on dogs while Ixodes hexagonus was the most abundant species on cats. The remainder were identified as Ixodes canisuga and a single Rhipicephalus sanguineus specimen. The garden was most frequently associated with tick exposure in both dogs and cats. Sporting dog breeds (n = 17; 31%) were more likely to be infested with ticks than any other breed. Nearly all (n = 56; 95%) veterinarians indicated that ticks are a concern to their clients when they are found on their pets. Pet owners used a variety of products to control ectoparasites on their animals but a significant number (n = 18, 31%) indicated that they felt that the products are less effective highlighting the need for further investigations. Field sampling indicated that ticks are present at a low level in much of the greater Dublin area.
Funding Details: MSD Animal Health, Ireland
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: MDPI
Journal: Animals
Volume: 10
Issue: 8
Copyright (published version): 2020 the Authors
Keywords: TicksCompanion animalsOwner attitudesIrelandDomestic dogs
DOI: 10.3390/ani10081404
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 2076-2615
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ie/
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