Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Protecting your Dog from Ticks: Bob Martin Giveaway

I have teamed up with Bob Martin to giveaway a bundle to help keep your beloved dog tick free.  Now is the time to make sure you have protection against ticks in place, autumn is the height of the season for these nasty little blood-sucking critters.  The sight of a tick really turns my stomach but its something you need to be aware of as a pet owner so you can keep both your pet and your family safe from harm.   

A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on

Ticks can rather worryingly carry Lyme disease a bacterial infection spread by those that are infected.  If left undetected it can lead to quite serious health issues – as someone who found a tick on my back once that does worry me slightly!  I don’t even know how it got there, I took one off our previous dog and it must have made itself back onto me!!!  Hence it’s quite important to brush your dog down outside the house…

Although the NHS site says you would see a circular rash and I didn’t have one of those (breathe a sigh of relief!), if you are worried though you can go to your GP for a test and Lyme disease can be treated quite successfully with antibiotics.  But prevention is always better than cure so having a good system in place to deal with them is very sensible.

I will still be extra vigilant from now on, following the advice suggested by Bob Martin.  Summer our dog likes nothing more than running around in areas of dense vegetation and tall grasses so I know she is more likely to pick them up.  I have removed a few; it’s not the most pleasant of tasks so I will be using the Bob Martin tick remover to do it quickly and safely from now on (without further risk of transmitting disease).  Eeeek they really do make me feel ill, so here is a nice picture of Summer so your not visualizing horrid ticks.


Top tips for protecting your pet from ticks

Use Bob Martin spot on regularly to repel ticks, particularly in tick season (throughout summer and autumn).  Follow reapplication guidance. 

When going out for a walk, keep Bob Martin Flea and Tick spray in the car and give your dog a quick spray before walking. 

When walking, stick to footpaths as much as possible, avoid long grass and be aware in wooded areas. 

After the walk, give your dog a good brush before getting into the car so any loose ticks are knocked off.  Focus on the underbelly, around ears and jaw. 

If you do spot a tick on your dog, use Bob Martin’s tick remover as quickly as possible to remove it safely. 

If you would like to enter the giveaway for the win a walking bundle (worth £77) to help protect and treat their pets and family this autumn please fill in the form below by the 19th of November.  The pack includes a selection of Bob Martin tick products, a pair of wellies, a walking kit and a Fluff & Spruce Slicka Brush for those important tick checks.

Win a selection of Bob Martin tick products, a pair of wellies, a walking kit and a Fluff & Spruce Slicka Brush

196 comments:

  1. Weve never had a tick (touch wood) yet, but i cringe at the thought of them.... ewww. I'm suite surprised really because our dog loves long grass!!!

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  2. Great advice and giveaway! I would love to win this for our dog, Honey!

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  3. Perfect to keep our Alfie healthy and tick free
    We would love this beauty

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  4. Oooh, I hate ticks! Lovely giveaway!

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  5. Great prize, we do like to take good care of the dogs.

    Rachel craig

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  6. Brilliant prize, Pacer would love this in his Christmas Stocking

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  7. I walk my dog in an area with swathes on long grass and natural planting (tick heaven) and check her for ticks after every walk. In three years, we've found and removed two of the little fellows.

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  8. Magie Mopps has such a thick long coat it is very difficult to look for ticks,

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  9. Dislike ticks but vet showed us how to get them out safety with a remover. They seem to like poor Rufus and harvest mites on his feet at this time of year. Would love to win this prize.

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  10. Brilliant giveaway would love this

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  11. Fantastic blog post from you and a wonderful giveaway thankyou.

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  12. What a beautiful dog, I would love to win for my two dogs :)

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  13. Perfect bundle for taking care of your dog :)

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  14. i know a barky dog that needs this

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  15. Brilliant giveaway and wonderful advice.

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  16. fab comp. esp as my dog just seems to go straight for muddy puddles n roll in them, so the wellies would come in so handy

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  17. Our family has always used Bob Martin's, a brand we have relied on through the years.

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  18. Great prize, i foster rescue dog so this would be fab!

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  19. Fab giveaway, such a gorgeous dog!

    Amanda

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  20. awesome..... thanks for the chance

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  21. My Labrador had a tick last year and we were lucky as it wasn't really embedded and we were able to remove it easily. This looks like a great product.

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  22. Great advice, thank you x

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  23. were always talking our doggy out for walks, so these would come in handy!

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  24. My dog loves to roll in long grass thanks for the advice

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  25. what a useful prize, perfect for my doggies

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  26. Great giveaway, perfect for all us dog owners/lovers!

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  27. Fantastic prize and reminder of the perils of ticks

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  28. I'm a professional dog walker so this prize would be ideal!

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  29. I'm a professional dog walker so this prize would be ideal!

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  30. Thanks for the competition. Good luck everyone!

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  31. Bob Martin products are great!

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  32. a really useful giveaway, especially at this time of year

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  33. Great prize for my dog.

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  34. We've just got a puppy so reading about ticks on this page was great :) thaks for the advice xx

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  35. Yes and watch out for Human tics as well as dog's

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  36. Yes and watch out for Human tics as well as dog's

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  37. Would love to win - fantastic competition - Joanne Beale

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  38. Nice giveaway and as you point out very timely. x

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  39. have a nice day and a great week x

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  40. this is a awesome giveaway, ticks are sooo bad x ty x Sharon Lou Johnson

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  41. Fab giveaway, thank you for the chance x

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  42. I hate ticks especially trying to remove them - what a great walking kit

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  43. Great giveaway, perfect goodies for my dog

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  44. Thanks for the giveaway. Perfect for those autumn walks

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  45. This would be ideal for our dog as she loves going for long walks in the woods. She also enjoys our beach holidays 3 times a year but on the last one she did pick up a tick so we are extra careful now we know what to look for and how to deal with it. Fantastic giveaway thank you for posting

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  46. Thanks for the comp!

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  47. Very useful prize, would be handy for when I'm out walking, thanks for this.

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  48. Wonderful giveaway. We've recently found out one of our dogs is allergic to grass!! Nightmare!

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  49. What a great giveaway! It's nice to include the dog!

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  50. Thankfully Jess has never had a tick and that's how I would like to keep it. Walking her a lot through forests and locally there is a good chance that she will get at least one and it's great to be prepared. Thank you for the informative blog and of course the chance to win

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  51. Lovely prize! 😀 Thank you, Please count me in I would be delighted to win!

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  52. Great advice and really useful prize :-)

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  53. Would be perfect for my fellas, Egbert and Mister Sweep

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  54. Great prize! Luckily my pack have never yet had ticks despite their love of bounding through long grass!

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  55. Fab prize, my cheeky Cocker Spaniel is always sniffing in the long grass.

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  56. Lovely prize thanks and would be very useful.

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  57. Great for pets in our household!

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  58. Good advice re ticks, fortunately I haven't seen any on my dog yet

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  59. I've had Lyme's disease twice it's awful. I'm extra vigilant with checking my dogs as I would hate for them to feel as poorly as I did.

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  60. Great advice and fab giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

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  61. Great advise and also a great giveaway - thanks for the chance

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  62. Walking my dog in our local forest everyday means we often come into contact with ticks (horrible things). Fingers & paws tightly crossed x

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  63. SOme great info there, Thanks!! My 3 pups would love this xx

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  64. This is brilliant :) I hate removing ticks from my dogs with my fingers, always worry about leaving the head behind :( Tick remover would be great!

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  65. Fantastic giveaway! Thank you!

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  66. Thank you for the nice pictures of Summer. All I am doing now is visualising horrid gigantic ticks! We've not had them yet. But we are near the countryside so this would certainly help!

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  67. I dread them seen the harm both to animals and humans , hope we manage to avoid them

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  68. Fantastic, this would be so useful for.my two dogs

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  69. This would be so useful - and what a cutie! :)

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  70. Important to check your dog over regularly - and not just for ticks. Grass seeds can cause problems too. We had to take our dog to vets whilst on holiday in Lake District this year and were prescribed antibiotics for puncture wound. She had to have a general anaesthetic and surgery on return from our holiday to remove a large grass seed from the area.

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  71. Summer is the female version of our dog chip! They look identical with the same white patches on the chest and paws/ Shame I can't add a pic hahaha :) Thanks for the comp flower x

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  72. Brilliant prize, so useful. Bob Martin products are quality. Fingers crossed.

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  73. We've never had ticks on our Yorkshire Terriers but I can imagine the frustration that dogs go through.

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  74. Just what you need before going on a walk

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  75. Fab prize! Our Boxer puppy loves bouncing through the long grass so I'd definitely keep the tick spray close at hand.

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  76. great prize would love to give this to my sister for her dogs x

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  77. Wonderful prize. Thanks for the chance

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  78. This would be such a help especially as I'm trying to cut down for the next few months but this is a must for my doggy

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  79. Life's not the same without a dog!

    Simon Wade

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  80. Great prize for sons doggy, she's always rolling in the grass as other doggies do

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  81. We are getting our puppy soon and this will be amazing!! Fab prize!xx

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  82. Spencer Broadley6 November 2016 at 08:05

    Great stuff - must try it out :)

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  83. Wonderful prize for our wonderful pets :) thank you muchly Dxx

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  84. My dogs would thank you endlessly if they won this ... we go out to the countryside in Wales a lot so we are always aware that the possibility of picking up the odd tick is easier out in the wilds (lol) ... this stuff is a Godsend

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  85. Ticks are so horrible.My dog got one right on her nose which was hard to remove

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  86. Hideous creatures are ticks, 18 so far this year on one collie and 7 on the other :-(

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  87. Your dog is so cute. I'd love to win this for my brother and his dog Roxy

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  88. The photo of your dog with paws in front is too cute!x

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  89. When we lived in Switzerland our cats were always getting ticks and we had to remove them with those special tweezers. So far we've not had any since returning to the UK, which I'm glad about as they are quite revolting.

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  90. I'm getting a puppy in three weeks so this prize would come in handy!

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  91. Always worrying my dog would pick up a tick when walking on fields near us but thankfully never have as yet. This would be great to have in the house just incase. :)

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  92. Always worrying my dog would pick up a tick when walking on fields near us but thankfully never have as yet. This would be great to have in the house just incase. :)

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  93. We regularly walk our dog in the countryside so this kit would be very useful

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  94. Great prize to keep happy healthy pets (@PeanutHog)

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  95. Nice prize, thank you. I do hate commenting on these when I have so little to say..

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  96. If I were to win this I might allow myself to be coerced into taking my share of walkies lol

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  97. Great advice it is always a worry

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  98. Really handy variety of prizes!

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  99. Great products to keep our furry friends safe

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  100. Horrible things, ticks - hope our dog never gets one.

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  101. Really useful information, I was out walking my dog in the countryside yesterday and worried about ticks.

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  102. What a lovely prize bundle. Fingers crossed I can be the winner!

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  103. None of my dogs have ever had ticks but the thought of them worries me so this is a great giveaway!

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  104. What a lovely prize - I would love to have this for my granddogs!

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  105. Hello Karen, thanks for running this competition. I would just like to mention for any pet owners out there that do not have pet insurance, I used Bob Martin online vet care to buy two tubes of Optimmune for £26.80 each, the vet had been charging me over £60 for Optimmune. I paid a £10 fee to the vet for the prescription (which BMVetcare stores online and in this case can be used twice)so I made a BIG saving and will do again next month :0) Hopefully someone will find this information as useful as I did.

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  106. Another lovely prize enjoy reading your reviews so well written and honest

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  107. Great prize. I live near a wood and Jasper gets ticks every so often no matter what products we use. They are horrible things.

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  108. Fantastic bundle of goodies for my fur baby ❤

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  109. Great giveaway, thanks for the opportunity

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  110. Fantastic bundle of goodies for my fur baby ❤

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  111. perfect for our hound jac - ticks properly creep me out!

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  112. Fab thanks for the chance. Perfect for my fur babies.

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  113. Found a tick on the dog once but it dropped off when I drowned it in salt. Took it into school for the nature table the children loved it and were fascinated

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  114. Would be perfect for my dog, who incidentally is very similar to yours :)

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  115. Ticks are nasty and being in the countryside surrounded by fields they are everywhere.

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  116. Pauline Burroughs19 November 2016 at 08:10

    I found a tick behind my knee and had to have antibiotics. I didn't feel it but found it when I had a shower. Horrible experience so great giveaway

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  117. This is such a lovely giveaway for our 4-legged friend, Seraphina. Ticks are a bane of living in the countryside. I am so scrupulous in checking Seraph when we've been out for walks in the fields as ticks can be horrendous!

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  118. A home without a dog is just a house! Hate the dreaded ticks, have to be proactive!!

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  119. This is an awesome prize, would be great for my chocolate lab, she would love it

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  120. what great advice love the post xx

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  121. we live out on Dartmoor so this would come in really handy for us

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  122. Good prize - ticks are really nasty

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  123. The Bob Martin products sound fab

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  124. We stay on a campsite where there are deer roaming around so Ozzie has picked up a few ticks. We check him regularly for ticks. This prize would be a fabulous help. Thanks for the chance. 😃

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  125. Such a lovely giveaway for my parents dogs xx

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  126. would love this for my bella <3 xx

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  127. neeed for scooby and cody thank you

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  128. Great prize, it's important to protect them

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  129. great prize, i hate removing ticks but it has to be done

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  130. Important to keep our fur babies protected

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  131. I never think about ticks and my two dogs so this is useful information. We have a forest nearby where they go for walks so better to be aware.

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  132. Please count me in, it is a great giveaway.

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  133. Oh what a nice generous giveaway.

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  134. A great prize for our silly springer spaniel

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  135. Fab for my Newlly rescued Dog JJ

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  136. This would be great for Maisie & Dale 😊

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  137. This would be brilliant. It's Doni's first Christmas with us. We got him 29 December last year. :)

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  138. Great advice, thank you x

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  139. Great article - Lyme disease isn't discussed enough!

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  140. This would be fantastic ad we have 2 dogs as well as a cat! Thankyou!! X

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  141. really great handy prize with 4 dogs in our home always have the odd tick ,ooh horrible things my little Alfie had a big tick on his face earlier this year it took 3 at the vets to calm him down to remove it poor little boy fingers crossed

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  142. Great advice and a lovely giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win. x

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  143. would love 2 win

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  144. This would be FAB for our new little (Bull Shih - don't say that fast!) Puppy Coco...he's 7 weeks so needles and then he'll be able to go out and about

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  145. This would be great for DUGGIE and MD. Thanks xcc

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  146. Perfect giveaway to keep my black labrador Zeus in tip top condition

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