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How to check dog for ticks
How to check dog for ticks
This article shows you how to check your dog for ticks, which if you haven't been doing regularly, can be very dangerous.
Ticks are a very common parasite found in our UK environment and can cause several health issues. A common tick is the brown dog tick (Argas abstrusus) which feeds off small mammals and is also an emerging disease vector.
These parasites carry a number of potentially fatal diseases. Many of these diseases can be transferred to humans through tick bites, leading to a potentially deadly disease.
However, despite their health risk, ticks are very common. It is estimated that 75% of dogs in the UK are estimated to have had a tick problem and more than a third of those are estimated to have ticks left on them at the end of their life.
This means that many people are being exposed to tick bites, some of which can be very dangerous, particularly to children.
However, despite the dangers, most people aren’t aware of the risks of ticks and think they are not a problem. The only way to know for sure if your dog has ticks is to physically examine it for these parasites.
In this article I show you how to do this. But before I go into that, I want to give you some information to consider if you’re going to do this.
Here are some things you should keep in mind…
Why should I do this?
Ticks, more than any other pet parasite, can cause very serious health issues. The main problem caused by ticks is Lyme Disease. This is a disease that can cause a variety of different health problems including fever, arthritis, fatigue, and heart problems.
If you’re bitten by a tick or allow it to go into your mouth, you risk getting Lyme Disease, but even if you don’t, a tick bite will change the way your dog acts. It may become aggressive and they may have a change in their appetite.
In addition, if you allow the tick to go into your dog’s mouth, you risk introducing many different tick borne diseases into your dog.
One of these diseases is Ehrlichia which is responsible for causing Heartworm Disease in dogs. This is a condition which affects the heart and circulation. If your dog is suffering from this disease you need to seek help as it is potentially fatal.
Another disease carried by ticks is Babesia, which affects the central nervous system. It causes symptoms including seizures, dizziness, and vision problems.
Other diseases carried by ticks are Rickettsia, an organism that is responsible for making your dog develop an autoimmune disorder that can also be very difficult to treat. It’s also a very rare disease.
If your dog develops any of these diseases you should visit your vet immediately and ask them for advice. You may need to give your dog antibiotics which are normally known as anti-infective drugs.
It’s important that you have the appropriate information about ticks and ticks bites in order to keep your dog healthy.
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