How dogs get ticks.
For your four-legged friend, summer is the time for long walks, swimming in the local pond and playing in dog parks with your friend. But before you do, just remember that even a little fun in the sun could turn awful for your dog if ticks show up to the party. And once they do, it doesn’t take long for your dog, your yard, or even your home to become infested.
So, if you don’t know, here are 3 common ways that dogs get ticks.
- Other animals. From squirrels to raccoons and even feral cats, ticks love to hitch a ride on other animals. For your sake, don’t leave food or water out for them. Or, if you leave some out for your dog, make sure you take it inside at night.
- Nature. Ticks are small and can hide anywhere. So any time your dog is outside, there is a chance a tick could climb aboard.
- You. Let’s face it, you’re not perfect all the time. And sometimes ticks can jump on you. After a long walk through the woods make sure to check yourself thoroughly before you go back inside.
Should your dog have ticks, here are the signs to look out for:
- High blood pressure
- Fast heart rate and rhythm (tachyarrhythmias)
- Weakness, especially in the hind limbs
- Partial loss of muscle movements (paresis)
- Complete loss of muscle movement (paralysis)
- Poor reflexes to complete loss of reflexes
- Low muscle tone (hypotonia)
- Difficulty eating
- Disorder of the voice (dysphonia)
- Excessive drooling (sialosis)
- Enlarged esophagus
- Excessive dilatation of the pupil in the eye (mydriasis)
If you think your dog is exhibiting any of these signs, then come see your friends at the Affinity Veterinary Center. We’ll thoroughly search all areas of your dog and get your pet back up and out as soon as possible.