Ticks are a common parasite for dogs. Whether your dog spends brief or moderate periods of time outdoors there is a risk of a tick infestation. When these parasites attach themselves they feed off of your pet’s blood. Not only are ticks an unwanted problem that can be a challenge to remove but they can cause serious health problems. Here is how ticks affect dogs.
Initially, ticks on dogs can cause redness and irritation. This is a result of the tick not only inserting its mouthpart into the skin but producing a glue like substance to help remain attached. After this occurs dogs may experience some discomfort and are at a higher risk of developing a skin infection.
A more serious way that ticks affect dogs is the possible of spreading disease. Ticks on dogs can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. Lyme disease, a bacterial infection, can cause joint pain, lameness, fever, swelling of the lymph nodes and more. In rare cases, ticks can cause anemia in dogs by consuming large amounts of blood.