Ticks and Lyme Disease in Dogs: Transmission and Symptoms

9. The brown dog tick and the American dog tick are the most common carriers of disease among dogs.
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Also known as a house tick or kennel tick, the brown dog tick prefers dogs as its host. This species of tick rarely bites humans. The brown dog tick can survive indoors in houses and kennel environments, and complete its life cycle there. Because of this, these ticks are even found in colder climates all over the world, places inhospitable to most other species of ticks. While other species of ticks might be carried inside with pets and humans, they are not able to establish themselves in a household and cause an infestation like the brown dog tick can. This particular tick is not known to transmit any diseases to humans, but it can carry the organisms responsible for ehrlichiosis and a form of anaplasmosis in dogs and cats.
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Some dogs, like wary prisoners or hospital patients who don’t want to be sedated, will do everything not to swallow a pill that you try to force into their mouths. You can wrap it in cheese or salami, use the gentlest coaxing language you can think of, yell at the dog, or manually work to keep his jaw open with your hands, but at the end of the day, the dog will spit out the pill or just let it drop out of his mouth — over and over again until it becomes a slimy mush that you can no longer pick up without it sticking to your fingers. If that’s your dog, pills are not the way to go, even if your pal is often in the water. to discuss flea and tick treatment options for dogs with a veterinarian.
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Use the tool below to generate a map of your home area to see the number of reported positive cases of , , and heartworm disease in dogs. Maps are available for all regions of the United States and Canada. Because so many dogs go untested for tick-borne diseases, the actual number of dogs infected by ticks is likely many times higher than reported figures.To find ticks, look wherever your pet cannot groom themself. In cats, examine the head and ears. For dogs, also look on the head and ears, but continue searching everywhere over their body. Ticks are common parasites that can be found anywhere, from the deep woods to urban parks. And each year, thousands of dogs become infected with serious diseases transmitted by a number of different . Diseases like , , .Removing embedded ticks is a delicate operation because it’s easy for a piece of the tick to break off and remain in your dog’s skin if done improperly. Follow the removal steps below or consider bringing your dog to a veterinarian who can safely perform the task and, possibly, show you how it’s done. Infection can occur after 24 hours, so if you find a tick on your dog, remove it right away. Always wear rubber gloves to protect yourself from possible injury or infection.Check your dog for ticks every day, especially during tick season: spring, summer and fall, or year-round in warmer climates. Brush your fingers through their fur applying enough pressure to feel any small bumps. Be sure to check between your dog’s toes, behind ears, under armpits and around the tail and head, too. If you do feel a bump, pull the fur apart to see what’s there. A tick that has embedded itself in your dog will vary in size, something from the size of a pinhead to a grape depending on how long its been attached. Ticks are usually black or dark brown in color but will turn a grayish-white after feeding in what’s referred to as an engorged state.Humans and other non-canine family members can also become infected with the same tick-borne diseases as dogs. These cross-species diseases are known as zoonotic. So, if you or if you’ve ever found a tick on your dog, you should also be sure to check yourself and .