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16th March 2016, 11:23 AM
Heads-up on a → new tick disease (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35815813)

BBC Science & Environment News Item - video

16th March 2016, 05:59 PM
Thanks for this, Wally, just been listening about it on the radio. What puzzled me is that it has been in Europe for a few years, and their vets are used to dealing with it, but it was stated it could take 2 years for British vets to catch up. Another European debacle?

George Dorn
16th March 2016, 06:19 PM
Don't you mean an English debacle?

16th March 2016, 06:31 PM
I meant , once again, information not being shared ?

16th March 2016, 06:52 PM
It's likely to be an EU problem. Until fairly recently you had to have your dog treated for ticks and worms before you could bring it back into the UK. The EU didn't like the fact that the Brits were enforcing rules that did not apply to cross border travel elsewhere in the EU so tried to ban both treatments. Unfortunately they succeeded in getting us to stop demanding tick treatment so it's quite possible the infestation arose as the result of some untreated dog bringing the ticks back. Moral - treat your dog for ticks on arrival in France and before you come back, even though it's no longer a legal requirement. Babesiosos is widespread on the continent and there's no cure although there have been promises of one.

There's an extremely unpleasant canine tapeworm named Echinococcus multilocularis for which treatment is still obligatory (usually Drontal or similar) prior to coming back to the UK. Echinococcus is zoonotic and by the time you discover you've got it, about 10-15 years after infection, there's not enough of your liver left to be able to do anything about it. There are dozens of human deaths on the continent each year although they don't attract much attention in the UK press.

There are other nasty canine parasites on the continent which are not found here. It's nice to have Fido with you but for your health and his consider leaving him behind.