Ticks are very common to dogs that go to remote places such as the woods, forest, or the open fields. Ticks are spider-like creatures that can dwell in the body of your pet. Once in, it will suck up the blood of your pet and thrive. Dogs with ticks tend to suffer a host of other diseases in the long run.
Ticks can be found on tall grasses, trees, or weeds. There can be ticks lurking on fences and in woods as well. These ticks are referred to as wood ticks. Ticks found in trees, tall grasses, and weeds usually belong to the brown dog tick group.
These creatures lie in wait for a host to come by. They are able to detect if a dog is around through chemical cues and vibrations. Ticks can determine if a dog is nearby through its odor and the air it exhales. Once detected, the tick will attach onto the host. Dogs with long fur are more susceptible to picking up these creatures. Dogs most commonly get dog ticks during the months of May and September.
The main causes of dog ticks are as follows:
1. Association of your pet with other dogs suffering from ticks
Ticks are living organisms. As such, they can transfer from one host to another by simple association. To make sure that your dog won’t acquire ticks from other pets, be sure to only keep it in the company of well groomed dogs.
2. Improper grooming
Dogs that are not groomed and cleansed well are more likely to have ticks on their bodies. While ticks are rather inconspicuous, they can be seen easily by a trained eye. Taking your dog to the grooming center regularly can reduce the instances of dog ticks.
3. Unattended straying
If your dog tends to stray on its own, it would most likely come back home one day with several ticks on its fur. Whenever your dog gets out of your sight, be sure to check its fur for any foreign bodies that could have attached to it. As much as possible, give it a long, cleansing bath right after coming back in.
Once the tick is in the fur of your dog, they will crawl onto the paws, ear, armpits, or the back of the neck. Ticks are small creatures and can hardly be seen once it gets under the fur. They are not likely suspected up until your dog starts scratching itself and feeling more and more uncomfortable.
Ticks can cause diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, typhus, Ehrlichiosis, Babesosis, rickettsial pox, tularemia, Colorado tick fever, and Texas cattle fever. Each of these diseases is brought about by certain species of dog tick. Lyme disease is one of the most common canine diseases caused by a tick bite.
To keep your dog from tick infestation, you must keep it away from the things that can expose your dog to ticks. Safeguard your dog’s health at all times. Make sure that it is protected from these parasites that could cause major health concerns to your pet.