Ticks on dogs and cats

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.

For more information on ticks on dogs, fleas and other pets issues visit www.fleabites.co.uk, also http://www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk/about-ticks/