Health Risks Associated with Tick Bites in Dogs


Tick bites are one of the most common causes of infectious diseases in dogs and are occasionally a health risk for humans too. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that nearly 10% of all dog ticks may carry bacteria that can cause disease in both people and dogs, including Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Tularemia. 

To protect yourself and your pets from tick infestation, you may have to get your property inspected by a commercial pest control professional. This will help you avoid potential risks of tick infestations and keep yourself and your pets healthy. Ticks in dogs may also be identified during a routine physical examination by your veterinarian. When exposed to a tick bite, your dog may experience a variety of signs, such as skin inflammation.

Let us now see into the health risks associated with tick bites in dogs.

  1. Canine ehrlichiosis

Canine ehrlichiosis is a type of tick-borne disease caused by certain types of bacteria that spread to dogs when infected ticks bite and feed on them. Sometimes referred to as canine granulocytic ehrlichiosis, the disease usually does not cause any symptoms in dogs. However, if a dog is bitten by an infected tick and becomes ill, symptoms may include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy (inability to stay awake or move), loss of appetite, and weight loss.

  1. Lyme disease

Lyme disease is a serious disease that is spread to dogs through ticks and is caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. The disease can cause fever, pain, lameness, and enlargement of lymph nodes. In rare cases, Lyme disease can cause serious illness due to the presence of heart and neurological problems.

  1. Ehrlichial pneumonia

Ehrlichial pneumonia is a respiratory disease that can be caused by bacteria called Ehrlichia ewingii. The disease is spread to dogs through ticks and can cause fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Dogs can also experience weight loss, anorexia, and lethargy. This tick-borne disease often causes the death of infected dogs.

  1. Tularemia

Tularemia is a disease caused by bacteria called Francisella tularensis. The disease is spread to dogs through infected ticks and can cause fever, vomiting, recurring muscle aches (can be severe), and swollen lymph nodes. Dogs may also experience a rash and swelling of their skin. This can be either reddish in color or orange-yellow.

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