Hello all of pet loving friends! In todays post I am going to be adressing the following:
- The Dangers of Ticks on Dogs
- Symptoms Associated With Ticks
- Four Steps To Safely Remove Ticks
- When It’s Time To Visit The Veterinarian
- Treatment Options For Your Fur Baby
I feel this is a very important topic because we are coming in to the season for the pesky blood sucking parasites to get started!
The Dangers Of Ticks On Dogs
I don’t think a lot of people realize just how dangerous ticks are to our animals. These nasty little blood sucking parasites when they bite just irritate the skin, but these bites can also lead to some nasty diseases in our animals.
Sadly these diseases are very preventable, so there are really no excuses as to why these animals have to suffer the consequences of not being treated.
Here are the names of some diseases that ticks can cause in our pooches:
- Lyme Disease
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- Canine Monocytic Ehrlichiosis
- Canine Granulocytic Ehrlichiosis
Now that we have the names of some of these diseases let’s see what type of tick causes these issues.
Type of Ticks, Diseases and Symptoms
1. The Deer Tick or the scientific name: Ixodes scapularis, can be found in the United States in the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast areas. It can also be found in some areas of Mexico and Canada.
Some folks refer to them as the black legged tick. They have round flat bodies with black heads and legs. Now the females have dark red abdomens and the males are solid black and brown.
This tick causes Lyme Disease which is very well-known, but not very well understood. It can cause lethargy, loss of appetite, weight loss and arthritis in your pooches joints and can cause your fur baby to run a fever.
2. Next we have the Brown Dog Tick which carries bacteria known as Borrelia burgdorferi and is sometimes confused with the deer tick. But the differences between these two, are the deer tick has black legs with a darker body and the brown dog tick is light brown.
These nasty little parasites can be found throughout the United States and worldwide and in warmer climates.
This tick causes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever that’s also known as a ricketsial disease. It can cause neurological disorders, fever, anemia, heart failure, irregular heart beat, difficulty breathing, bleeding disorders and the organs can shut down. If this happens your pet will most likely die. 🙁
3. The American Dog Tick also known as the Wood Tick. It’s scientific name is: Dermentcentor variabilis. This species of tick is the most common of them all. It carries the diseases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tularemia and Rabbit Fever.
The parasite can be recognized by their brown color and white specks on their backs. They like to live around water and in humid areas.
This disease is caused after an infected tick has bitten the dog. Your fur baby will start showing symptoms about one-three weeks after coming in contact with an infected tick.
If your pooch is unable to fight off the infection, then they will go into what is known as the acute phase (sudden onset of symptoms). Such as: poor appetite, lethargy, fever, abnormal bruising and bleeding, chronic eye inflammations, neurological disorders and lymph node enlargements.
This tick can also carry a disease known as the Canine Monocytic Ehrlichiosis caused from a bacteria known as Ehrlichia canis.
This parasite can cause neurological disorders, fever, anemia, heart failure, irregular heart beat, difficulty breathing, bleeding disorders and the organs can shut down. If this happens your pet will most likely die. 🙁
4. A tick called the Lone Star Tick is another parasite that cause nasty infections in our canines such as Canine Granulocytic Ehrlichiosis from the Ehrlichia ewingii bacteria.
This tick can be recognized by its color which is reddish brown with an oval shaped body that turns a gray color when they are engorged. The females have a silvery white spot on their backs and the males have white inverted horseshoe spots on their backs.
The Lone Star Tick is found near grassy areas and loves to live around water.
After the infected tick bites your pooch they can start to exhibit symptoms such as: fever, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, Neurological disorders and lameness (stiffness when trying to walk).
FYI: The Lone Star Tick can also cause Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever as well.
Now, folks do ya’ll see the dangers of ticks on dogs? That’s why it is so important to treat our animals so that they don’t have to go through these terrible diseases which in some cases can be life threatening.
Four Steps To Safely Remove Ticks
- Use fine tipped twizers and grab the tick by the head as close to the skin as possible
- Pull upwards with a steady even pressure
- After removing the tick clean the area of the bite with alcohol and wash your hands thoroughly
- Never crush a tick between your fingers
FYI: Never pull the tick by its body because you could leave the head of the tick in the dog and it can cause infections.
When To Visit The Veternarian
Of course not ever tick bite will require a trip to the Veterinarian. But after you remove the tick it would be a good idea to put the tick in a plastic bag or plastic bottle and have your Veterinarian take a look at it.
You should regularly check your pets for ticks. If the tick has been on there long enough to become engorged, it would be a good idea to remove the tick, clean the area and transport the tick to the vet to see if your pet could be in danger of becoming ill from the tick bite.
Should you remove a tick and clean the area and whithin a few weeks your pet starts showing any of the above symptoms that I discussed, PLEASE get your animal to the Veterinarian ASAP!
Of course the best way to prevent the dangers of ticks on dogs in the first place, is to keep your pet protected against these nasty disease carrying parasites.
Treatment Options For Your Fur Baby
1. K9 Advantix II kills fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, biting flies and lice-I have personally used this on my fur baby, but he couldn’t tolerate it.
He acted like it burned his skin. So, we talked to our Veterinarian and put him on Trifexis instead. This is another great product, but does not kill ticks. It starts killing fleas within 30 minutes. We don’t live in an area where I have to worry about ticks.
2. Frontline Plus-Kills existing fleas and ticks on your pet within 12 hours and it is waterproof for the fur baby that likes to play in water.
3. NexGard-Starts killing fleas within 30 minutes. Kills the adult before they can start laying eggs.
4. Seresto Flea Collar-This is a good product for fleas and ticks that last up to 8 months. Personally I like the chewables and topical treatments better. But that is just my preference.
There are so many good products on the market today. It is best to check with your Veterinarian first, because these products are based on your pets weight. He can help you determine the best product for your pet.
That’s it folks for this post on The Dangers Of Ticks On Dogs. I hope that you found this post very informational and that it helps you make an informed decision regarding your pets health and safety.
As you all can see ticks can be very dangerous to your fur baby’s well-being. If left untreated it can be very deadly to your animal.
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