Ticks are a fairly common parasite. How often you see ticks or how severe a tick assault will be depends on the area you are in, the time of year, the habits of your pets, and how and when you use tick control products.
Some ticks can even infest pets that spend most of their time indoors. Even pets that only spend brief periods of time outside can have or come in contact with ticks.
Ticks attach to your pet by inserting their mouth-parts into your pet’s skin. Many ticks also produce a sticky, glue-like substance that helps them to remain attached. After attaching the tick begins to feed on your pet’s blood.
Ticks can consume enough of your pet’s blood to cause anemia. Certain female ticks can cause a rare paralysis in dogs as a result of a toxin they produce while feeding. More important, ticks are capable of causing many diseases in your pet. The disease with which most people are familiar is Lyme disease.
Lyme disease can cause arthritis and swelling of your pet’s joints, resulting in painful lameness.
Tick’s are also considered to be zoonotic. Humans can get Lyme disease when a tick attaches and feeds.
It is very difficult to prevent your pet’s exposure to ticks. Ticks can attach to your dog when he or she goes with you on walks, hikes, or during any outdoor activities.
The best way to prevent ticks from attaching to your dog is by the regular use of tick control products.