Protecting Your Dog from Ticks

By Refadoc, Posted on : Monday, 09 March 2015 - 11:17 am IST

Ticks are the same organisms which can cause Lyme disease in dogs. Here are some of the five main reasons why you should be protecting your dog from ticks.

  • Happiness and Comfort of the dog:

Tick borne diseases can lead to a lot of suffering amongst dogs. Here are some of the major physical symptoms which could be arising from tick bites:

  1.       Fever
  2.       Lethargy
  3.       Loss of appetite
  4.       Loss of body weight
  5.       Enlargement of the lymph nodes
  6.       Pain in joints or difficulty while walking 
  • Ongoing Health of the dog:  Some of the diseases caused by ticks can lead to long lasting health problems. Some of these problems are as follows:
  1.       Although antibiotics can help out with some infections, the medications can’t always help to get rid of the infection completely.
  2.       Effects of some tick borne disease infections can be everlasting. For instance: canine ehrlichiosis can cause blindness. 
  • The Dog’s Life: Tick borne diseases are known to kill dogs. Canine Lyme disease is known to cause kidney failure amongst dogs. Other tick borne diseases such as the Rocky Mountain disease is also known to be fatal for dogs. 
  • Ticks can come from other dogs too:  Ticks are known to travel from one dog to the other while actively feeding. That is why of you have more than one dog at home, it is recommended to treat them well which repels and kill all the ticks. 
  • Cost and difficulty in treating a tick borne disease: The dog may need weeks or even months of treatment if they have been infected with a tick borne disease. As compared to a serious tick borne disease, it may be more cost effective to help prevent the exposure to tick borne and kills the ticks. 
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