Dog Health: Ticks and Lyme Disease

Dog Health: Ticks and Lyme Disease

We all know ticks have a nasty habit of showing up where they aren't wanted but, have you ever considered the threat they may have to your canine companion? According to ASPCA, ticks feed off the blood of a host animal and are most active from Spring through Fall. Watch out when taking your pup to places with tall brush or grass! These are places where ticks are most likely to live and therefore attach to your poor canine companion unknowingly. If you do take your dog into these types of environments, be sure to check the head, neck, feet and ear areas of your pet upon your return. The parasite prefers to stay close to these parts of your pup's body. If you do spot a tick on your pet, be careful when removing; the tick's blood is dangerous and could be transmitted to both you and your dog which could result in an infection. Also threatening is a tick's saliva which could transmit lyme disease. If your canine has been bitten by a tick, carefully remove it and consult with your veterinarian.

How to Remove a Tick: After treating the area with rubbing alcohol, using tweezers, carefully pluck the tick from the area. When abstracting do not simply pull from the back end of the tick. The head can easily detach from the body if pulled incorrectly thus, leaving it still hazardously attached to your pet.  Make sure when removing you pay attention that you remove the head and the entire body.

Lyme Disease and Your Canine: Transmitted by a tick bite, this bacterial disease can cause depression, swelling of the lymph nodes, loss of appetite and fever, as well as pain in the joints. If you are concerned that your pet may have this infection, take them to see a veterinarian. There they can evaluate your dog via a physical examination, blood tests and possibly radiographs. If diagnosed, your pet will be effectively treated with antibiotics and should show signs of improvement within 48 hours.

REMEMBER: It is great to take your canine friend along on your outdoor adventures. Just be consciences of the possibility of your pet obtaining ticks. Keep in mind how to remove them carefully and inform your vet shortly after removal for a prompt check up. One HELPFUL tool to bring along is the "Tick Key". Its ease-of-use and convenience helps you, the owner, to remove a tick quickly, safely and without touching the parasite! Buy Tick Key Here 

To see more potential hazards for your dogs you can read our blog post on Holiday Dangers For Pets

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