Let’s learn 8 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Free From Tick-Borne Diseases,
Mites are very annoying little creatures, but far more important than the annoying factor is their ability to spread disease. Mites embedded in the dog’s skin can infect a variety of serious and even life-threatening infections, including:
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever
- Lyme disease
Another problem that ticks can cause is a rare neurological condition called “tick paralysis”. Finally, the mites at the site of the bite can cause inflammation and bacterial infection.
Why are mites dangerous to dogs?
Tick bites are irritating, especially to pets with allergic reactions, and they can be very sick to dogs.
Because they suckle blood, in some cases a major tick epidemic can lead to anemia. Anemia causes fatigue and, in severe cases, may require blood transfusions.
To make matters worse, infected mites are carriers of a serious disease. There are many different types of mites that can affect dogs, but it is the most common tick in the UK, that can transmit and infect Lyme disease. It’s a bacterial infection that attacks the immune system and joints and poses a real risk to the health of dogs and humans.
Prevention is the golden rule when it comes to protecting dogs from tick-borne diseases. Here are eight tried and tested tips to get it done:
1. Know which season is “tick time”:
Mites are common across North America and prevention is recommended year-round, but the toughest times vary from region to region. Ask your veterinarian when the tick season occurs in the forest. This is the time to pay special attention to tick control measures.
2. Know the origin of the earth:
Mites prefer areas with dense vegetation. Most of the time they are on the ground, but they are good at crawling on the bushes and grass. This vantage point improves your ability to successfully jump over passing animals. It is best not to expose your dog to such thick grassy areas, especially during the peak tick season.
3. Use anti-tick Products:
There are several products on the market that prevent and/or kill mites. Some mite collars work well but are not suitable for dogs who swim a lot of “play” with other dogs (the chemicals in the collar are canine playmates). They can be taken).
Other tick prevention options include monthly dosing by oral or topical (dermal) application. You can choose from a variety of products, most of which are combined with flea prophylaxis. Talk to your veterinarian about which tick prevention products are best for your dog.
4. Search your dog every day:
Have a dog tick check done every day, especially after an excursion. Removing the small diggers before they can implant eliminates the possibility of disease transmission. The preferred mounting locations for ticks are the dog’s neck, head, and ears. Pay special attention to these areas.
5. Save the deleted checkmarks:
It sounds terrible, but it can be useful in saving the removed ticks. Different types of mites can also transmit the disease. Given the overlapping symptoms of various tick-borne diseases, knowing the type of tick the dog has been exposed to can help veterinarians refine their diagnosis … It is recommended that the mites be soaked in a disposable container of isopropyl alcohol. If your dog gets sick, show your veterinarian.
6. Remove encrusted mites quickly and correctly:
We will do our best to remove the embedded mites as soon as possible. The less time you spend with your dog, the less likely the disease will spread.
You can find dozens of recommendations online that explain how to remove embedded mites. Pay attention to what you read. Burning mites on a hot match are not effective and can burn your dog’s hair. Coating mites with Vaseline® or other types of lubricant makes them slippery and difficult to remove. Acetone, like the chemicals found in nail polish removers, makes the mites brittle and more likely to break apart during the removal process.
Talk to your veterinarian about the preferred method for removing embedded mites. Whichever method you choose, be sure to wear gloves to reduce the risk of transmitting the disease yourself.
7. Consider getting a vaccine against Lyme disease:
Lyme disease vaccines have been available for several years. Most vets who specialize in infectious diseases continue to recommend vaccinating dogs that do not live in areas with a high incidence of Lyme disease. Also, there is no consensus on how much protection the vaccine offers. Discussions with veterinarians on this subject are certainly appropriate.
8. Know your symptoms and seek veterinary help early:
Rest assured that the vast majority of dogs exposed to ticks will not develop tick-borne diseases. However, for those who do, identifying symptoms early, having access to a quick diagnosis, and prompt treatment by a veterinarian increase the likelihood of positive results. If your dog is exposed to ticks, speak to your veterinarian about symptoms to look out for.
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