Recent research by Ceva Animal Health has revealed 60% of UK dogs are left unprotected against ticks.
Research revealed 60% of owners remove ticks themselves and 80% use a tick remover.
The news follows a study that identified the number of cases of humans with Lyme disease had increased over the past decade.
Only 40% of dog owners admitted to treating their pet for fleas and ticks every month, but 60% of dogs are left unprotected against ticks and are therefore at risk of Lyme disease if they do attract the parasite.
Rob McLintock, companion animal business unit manager at Ceva Animal Health, said: “It is essential dog owners do all they can to protect their pets from ticks to help prevent Lyme disease.
“Veterinary surgeons should therefore be educating their clients about the benefits of flea and tick treatment for their pets, ideally with a product that both kills and repels ticks plus the safe and effective removal of a tick, should a dog attract the parasite.”