Five Ways Ticks Affect Dogs

When we think of tick-borne illnesses, it is commonplace to assume it only affects humans. The number of people affected by tick-borne diseases is growing, but our beloved pets can also suffer. Just like us, dogs can suffer the devastating symptoms of Lyme disease.

The state of Connecticut is within the top ten for reported cases of Lyme disease in humans. It is unknown what the exact statistics are for Lyme disease in dogs in the state. But if you only take into consideration the human statistics, it shows that there is a colossal tick infestation problem in Connecticut.

You will be glad to know Lyme disease only affects between five and fifteen percent of dogs. Although, dogs can still suffer from the various tick-borne illnesses, including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Babesiosis.

Knowledge is power. To help protect our beloved pets, we must educate ourselves on how tick-borne diseases manifest in canines. In this article, we will break down the various tick-borne illnesses and how you can protect your dogs from them.

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1. Lyme Disease

Dogs experience Lyme disease in a similar manner to humans. They can feel pain and swelling of the joints, loss of appetite, and fever. A tick has to be attached to the host for a matter of 36 to 48 hours for bacteria transmission to occur. The transmission of bacteria only takes a short amount of time, but Lyme symptoms may not set in until two to five months.

Some dogs can carry Lyme disease and not show any signs or symptoms. Be sure to consult your veterinarian at your annual check-ups if you know you live in a tick-infested area.

2. Bartonella

Like the other tick-borne illnesses mentioned in this article, humans can suffer from Bartonella as well. The emerging infection often coexists with Lyme. It lives in the lining of the blood vessels and can cause a multitude of symptoms. Some of those include irregular heartbeat, swollen or painful lymph nodes, fever, and muscle pain.

3. Canine Ehrlichiosis

Unlike most types of tick-borne diseases, Canine Ehrlichiosis can be transmitted through various species of ticks. Some of those include the Lone Star Tick, Brown Dogs ticks, and The American Dog Tick. An overwhelming myriad of symptoms can occur with this disease.

Dogs who suffer from it experience weight loss, abnormal bleeding, fever, and lethargy. Those are just a few of the many concerning symptoms that this awful disease can cause.

4. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever