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Can Ticks Kill Dogs?
When you spot that one tick on your dog, take it easy. Granted, it’s a problem-but not a fatal one to get you all worked up. First, ticks move slowly. Spotting one is easy. If they’re on your dog and feeding they will be doing so for hours till they get bloated and fall off. Even then, their legs and new massive weight don’t allow them to run, so they’ll easily catch your eye. Of course you don’t wait for the ticks to have their fill off your dog. As soon as you spot them, you have to get rid of them. They have dangerous effects on the canine.
How Ticks Affect Dog’s Health
They drink up the dog’s blood, so the first thing you’ll be worrying about is blood loss, which can progress to anemia. And since hey puncture and harm your dog’s skin, next on the line is skin irritation or infection. Neither of these is good for the dog’s overall health.
It gets worse. Ticks may not be able to directly kill your dog, but the can transmit diseases to it that are outrightly fatal. Take, for example, Ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever-both are serious complications that can lead to the demise of the dog. A huge concern is on Lyme disease, which is heavily transmitted by the ticks. It can also affect you, the dog owner. It causes issues from depression and fever to swollen, painful joints and renal failure. Some of the effects may be long lasting, like the canine ehrlichiosis may cause blindness. You should take your pet to the vet for evaluation on these diseases to avert any health crisis.
Your Dog’s Comfort
From the scratching, the skin irritation the fever, to the joint pain, ticks can make your dog’s life agonizing. It can carry on its life as usual and its daily activities will be significantly hampered. The situation will also make the dog lose its appetite, which will bring on its complications of weight loss and under-nutrition, exposing it to more health threats.
Prevent Transference of Ticks
Ticks can hop from one host to the next whilst actively feeding. That’s another reason to treat the tick menace on your dog, to prevent the ticks from migrating to your other pets. While you’re at it you might as well protect your dog, if it’s uninfected, from contracting the parasites. When going out, interacting with other dogs from the neighborhood, going for a run in the woods, it should be well protected. This is where tick repellant shampoos, dips, and tablets come in.
How Do I Know if My Dog Has Ticks?
Simply take a look. Ticks stand out on your dog’s skin so much that it’s nearly impossible to miss them. They are all visible to the naked eye. Check your do regularly for these bugs, especially during the warmer months. And once you spot them take care in removing them. Contact with the tick’s blood can transmit infection to the dog or to you. And once you’ve discovered the tick menace on your dog it is recommended to visit the vet.
When you compare the cost of treating tick-borne infections, it may turn out that it’s more cost effective to prevent ticks from ever getting on your dog. There are products designed for this purpose of repelling ad killing ticks. They are a worthwhile investment to make.