Ticks are parasites that feed on your dog’s blood. Right off the bat, it’s easy to see that they should be no friends of yours or your fluffy buddy. They prefer mammals to any other types of hosts and you’ll often find them on cats, dogs, but also humans. Unfortunately, they aren’t as quick or annoying as fleas, which is to say that the likelihood of you feeling one on your leg is quite slim.
Ticks are dangerous for a wide variety of reasons. On the one hand, your dog’s blood is his or her own. We have to keep it real, though, and so it’s safe to say that a single tick is incapable of drawing more than 10 ounces of blood in a time span of a couple of days. Therefore, it will not deplete your dog’s blood reserve. Nonetheless, ticks can be a serious factor when it comes to your dog developing anemia, especially if their breed is small and the amount of blood is smaller, too.
Vectors of disease
The headline should tell you one of the main reasons you should be looking for efficient tick treatments for your dog. Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, as well as Rocky Mountain spotted fever are just a few of the diseases that can be transmitted by ticks.
Of course, not all ticks are vectors, but you can’t know that for sure. So whenever you encounter one on the body of your dog, it’s safe to say that it’s a good idea to go to the vet’s office right away as they can perform tests to see whether there’s a germ in your pup’s bloodstream. There are antidotes to Babesiosis, for instance, but they should be applied as fast as possible so as to prevent liver disease and a variety of other issues.
You should always be on the lookout whenever spring comes along and your dog starts sniffing through any bushes in your yard or on the streetwalk. It’s impossible to have a serious talk with your dog and explain why he or she should stay away from leafy areas, but if you do keep your dog on a leash when you walk him or her, you can actively prevent this from happening. Bushes and any kind of shrubbery, in general, are the places to watch out whenever you know that there’s a tick invasion in your area.
Last, but not least, ticks are a vector for Lyme disease, which also shows up in humans. While it also affects humans, this condition, also called borreliosis, is an infectious disease that can be fatal in one out of ten patients.
The elderly and those suffering from any kind of immune deficiency die from Lyme disease. Borrelia, the pathogen that causes the condition, is very resistant to antibiotics, which is why even after several weeks of it having developed, any treatment might still fail to provide any results.