What is the concern about ticks you may ask?
Well, first off, there’s a bit of an “ick” factor to them because they hitch a ride on your dog’s fur, and then they burrow into their skin. That’s not very fun for you pup. On top of that, some of them carry lyme disease (in BC is less than 1%), which is life-threatening to your pup.
In our previous blog we gave you some pointers on how to avoid ticks. In this blog we’re going to tell you what the symptoms are if your pup becomes one of the 1% that has contracted Lyme disease.
Here are the symptoms:
- Walking stiffly
- Appears fatigued or depressed
- Low appetite
- He is sensitive to touch
- Periodic lameness in limbs due to inflammation in his joints
The great thing to know is that Lyme disease can be treated. Another saving grace is that if you remove a tick within the first few hours of biting, the likelihood of infection is decreased to even LESS THAN 1% because the disease is transmitted from the stomach acids of the tick. Not to get too graphic but… the tick must bite your pup and then regurgitate it later before the transmission can happen.
So remember – check your pet right away when you come in from a walk in the woods, or tall grass to avoid any problems.
Watch for next weeks: TICKS – Part 3 to learn how to REMOVE a tick!
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