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Ticks attach to your dog by biting into your dog’s skin. Many ticks also produce a sticky, glue like substance that helps them to remain attached. After attaching to your dog, ticks begin feeding on your dog’s blood. The places where ticks attach can become red and irritated.
The disease associated with Ticks that most people are familiar with is called Lyme disease. Lyme disease can cause arthritis and swelling of your dog’s joints, resulting in painful lameness. There are also other diseases that ticks can transmit to your dog. Your veterinarian can answer questions about the diseases that are important where you live.
Although rare, ticks can consume enough of your dog’s blood to cause a deficiency called anemia, this is usually cause by an infestation of many ticks. Certain female ticks can also cause a rare paralysis in dogs as a result of a toxin they produce while feeding.
Ticks can attach to your dog when they go out with you on walks, hikes, or during any outdoor activities. You should always check your dogs for ticks after being outside, especially in places such as trails or heavily wooded areas. It is very difficult to prevent your dog’s exposure to ticks. The best way to prevent ticks from attaching to your dog is by the regular use of tick control products. Your veterinarian can advise you about the best product for your dog and your situation.
If you have a Pet, get a Vet!