Friday, 12 June 2015

What is Tick-Borne Illness?


Each year, thousands of dogs are infected with a variety of preventable illnesses and parasites because of contact with ticks. Many of these tick-borne illnesses range are relatively minor health issues that can be handled by most vets with a simple treatment regimen. There are some that are more serious, though, as well as a variety of illnesses that are usually no big deal, but that can become more serious if they are complicated by other health issues.

Types of Illnesses

The following are a sampling of the more common types of illness that can be contracted by dogs through tick infestation.

  • Lyme disease
  • Canine Ehrlichiosis
  • Anaplasmosis
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

These tick-borne illnesses are very different from each other, but they have some overlapping symptoms that can help you to recognize when to seek veterinary attention. Most notably, loss of appetite and either swelling or stiffness at the joints are both common symptoms in a variety of tick-related conditions.

Human Transmission

None of these conditions are directly contagious from dogs to humans, but ticks can transfer themselves from the pet to the owner, and some tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease can affect humans who are bitten. The regular use of an effective tick prevention medication can keep your dog safe from infestation, making it that much easier to ensure your own safety while out and about.

Ticks are becoming more prevalent in many areas of the United States, making regular prevention important in all climates. To learn more about tick prevention and canine health, check out this vet website.

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