Tick Alert! Points To Know About Ticks and Our Dogs
Ticks are probably dog owners’ worst enemies. They cling to our poor fur babies, make them scratch like crazy, leaving them total uncomfortable and miserable. Ticks also cause worse scenarios than the usual itch and scratching. These blood suckers can give our dogs diseases for starters, that could potentially put our pets’ lives in danger.
So before things escalate in a bad way, let us all count down the points to know about ticks and their effect to our beloved dogs.
Ticks should always have been taken seriously because they bring about diseases that are dangerous for both dogs and their owners. These diseases are transmitted to dogs once a tick latches itself and starts sucking on their blood. Each tick is a potential disease carrier. Just imagine if a number of ticks affect your dogs—and they all carry different disease? Just thinking about it is already a nightmare for us, dog owners.
Ticks can transfer the following diseases:
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Some of these are known to be found worldwide, while some can only be found in some regions of the world.
For newbie dog owners, it may be a little difficult for you to identify ticks latched to your dogs. Take note that dog ticks are itsy bitsy arachnids under the subclass Acari. Classified as external parasites, these pests feed off of their hosts’ blood. Usually they latch on birds and mammals, in some cases, on reptiles too. They also come in different sizes, usually color brown or black and can be identified with their tear shaped bodies. However, when full and engorged, they are round shaped.
Checking Your Dogs
Since ticks are common outdoors most especially in wooded areas, make sure you check your dogs of ticks if they hung out outside for too long. Fleas jump while ticks crawl. So there is a possibility one or two made their way to your dogs’ fur. You can check by running your hand on your dog’s fur or coat (an effective method if you owned a short haired breed) or you can just use a comb or brush to be sure. Ticks also like cramming themselves into folds and crevices so make sure you check your dogs. There might be ticks between their toes, under their collar, groin area, ears, armpits, among others. Remember that ticks can transfer from one body to another.
Check your clothes, a tick might have latched to it in the hopes that they could latch to a dog inside your household.
Once again you have to take note that if your dog loves the outdoors, you have to frequently check them for ticks. You have to do a daily check-up for ticks for these pests multiply at a rapid rate. Not only that, tick borne diseases can affect and infect your dogs in hours’ time so daily checking for ticks cuts the risk of them getting these illnesses.
Most importantly, do not forget to consult your veterinarians about it. They could recommend ways to prevent ticks and ultimately help your beloved dogs to be tick free.