A vets practise in Melton has signed up to a national campaign to track the rise of disease carrying ticks.
Crescent Veterinary Clinic, in The Crescent, has joined naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham and the University of Bristol in the Big Tick Project.
The nationwide initiative runs from spring through to autumn, tracking the rise of the tick population in the UK and finding out how many carry disease.
Dog owners can take their pets to the Crescent Veterinary Clinic for advice about innovations in effective tick control.
Any ticks found on dogs will be collected and sent to Bristol University laboratories to help advance the knowledge of tick-borne disease.
Dog owners wanting to find out more about the risks from tick bites can visit www.bigtickproject.co.uk