Ticks are small biting insects with powerful jaws and a big round body compared to their head. The most common tick is the UK is the castor bean tick and it does look like a bean. Initially they are small and either brown or grey but they can become over a centimeter long if they take a full meal.
Protecting Your Dog From Ticks
Ticks are specialised parasites with large jaws that attach to pets, & humans, & feed on their blood. Click to find out more about tick prevention for dogs.
Ticks And Your Ferret
Find out if your pet ferret could potentially be at risk of catching ticks and how to check for them with this useful pet health advice from Vets4Pets.
Ticks And Your Reptile
While indoor reptiles are at very low risk of tick bites, our roaming reptiles such as tortoises are more likely to be affected.
Ticks And Your Cat
Cats are fastidious creatures, and their regular coat cleaning means they are much less likely to pick up ticks than dogs. Click here to find out more.