Ticks Can Be Dangerous to Dogs
If you own a pet, there are some things you should know about the risks of ticks on your animal. In addition, also know about tick removal and prevention.
Ticks are parasitic arthropods which feed on the blood of mammals. Left on you or your dog can cause several reactions to your and your pet. One disease that can cause permanent damage to you, the owner, is the Powassan Virus. It can cause encephalitis. It can kill 10% of those who become sick. About half will have permanent brain damage. Some other signs are lethargy, swelling, paralysis, fever, joint swelling, lameness, and/or anemia. Always be on the lookout for a tick when outdoors with your fur baby.
Different Types of Ticks
Ticks that may be in your area are:
- American Dog Tick
- Brown Dog Tick
- Rocky Mountain Wood Tick
- Gulf Coast Tick
- Pacific Coast Tick
- Western Blacklegged Tick
- Cayenne Tick
- Lone Star Tick
Certainly not every tick will be in your area, yet some will. Therefore, you should always check your pet after you have been outside with it. A tick can feed on your pet for hours or days. However it all depends on the type of tick. Places where a tick likes to attach to your dog are in crevices/areas where there is little or no hair. This is the ears, between the toes, inside the legs (where they join the body), or inside skin folds. Always check these areas thoroughly each time you have your dog in wooded areas. Then remove the tick safely from your pet.
Equally important is to see your local vet should you or your pet experience any of the above symptoms. This is due to the fact that ticks carry diseases that can be dangerous or fatal to humans.