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Dog Tick Diseases

Dog Tick Diseases

April is Lyme Disease Awareness Month; and while Lyme Disease is the most talked about type of tick disease, it is not the only tick illness that can affect dog health. 

Not all ticks carry Lyme Disease. Some ticks do not carry tick diseases at all; but that is the luck of the draw. The Lone Star Tick offers red meat allergies to people; but it does not carry Lyme Disease (good news for individuals and pets). However, the American Dog Tick prefers to bite on pets (primary host) then humans (secondary hosts); and they can transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever among other illnesses. 

Canine Ehrlichiosis can result in depression, runny nose, fever, loss of appetite and weight loss. Caused by the Brown Dog Tick, which is also responsible for Babesiosis leading to anemia, weakness and vomiting.

Tick bites are no laughing matter and need to be taken off as soon as possible. Lyme Disease transmission can happen in less than 48 hours. The Powassan Virus can be achieved in 15 minutes. 

Track dogs behavior; and take dogs to a vet's office if unsuspected behavior arises.

Top Reported Lyme Cases

Top Reported Lyme Cases

Lyme Disease is a debilitating vector disease caused by tick bites that can affect all warm-blooded mammals including wildlife, humans and pets. Because April is Lyme Disease Prevention In Dogs Month, pet owners are encouraged to do their research on Lyme Disease and how to protect dogs from tick bites. 

These U.S. states continue to have the highest reported cases of Lyme Disease (in no particular order):

  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • Delaware
  • Vermont

Although there is a vaccine for dogs with Lyme Disease, it does not provide complete protection against the disease. Dogs 12 weeks of age or older should initially receive two vaccines 2-4 weeks apart and an annual booster thereafter.

To prevent Lyme Disease in dogs, it is worth:

  • Applying tick repellents to yards
  • Using dog tick shampoos after outdoor activity
  • Building a pet fence to keep out wildlife that may carry ticks
  • Remove ticks with tick tweezers 
  • Always groom dogs after outside playtime
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