Lyme Disease is caused by a bite from an infected tick. Dogs can be bitten while walking through wooded areas or parkland in both towns and the countryside. Symptoms include lameness, lethargy and fever. If left untreated they can lead to more serious conditions such as kidney disease and heart failure. Many cases of tick infestation are likely to go unnoticed by owners as they are only detected by a thorough examination.
The Big Tick Project is being supported by TV presenter, naturalist and dog lover Chris Packham, and aims to raise awareness of the risks and symptoms associated with tick-borne disease, and to educate owners how they can reduce their dog's exposure to ticks and the diseases they carry.
Throughout spring and early summer when ticks are most active, vets taking part in the Big Tick Project will be giving dogs visiting their practice a thorough tick check.
Tune into the live programme to learn how you can identify and remove ticks correctly from your dogs, as well as highlighting how vets can offer the best ways to prevent and control ticks and fleas, tailored to individual pets needs.
Chris Packham joins veterinary dermatologist Paul Sands MRCVS and dog owners for MyPetonline's latest web vet clinic on ticks as part of the Big Tick Project and Big Flea Guarantee campaigns.
Watch the show LIVE right here at 2.45pm on Thursday April 23.
Simply click the play button and wait for the show to begin.