Tick bite are very dangerous because it can spread may different kind of diseases to your dog such as lyme diseases, rocky mountain spotted fever, rickettsial pox, typhus and tularemia.
Each of the diseases mentioned above are unique to different type of ticks which depend on factors such as carry causal organisms of the diseases itself and area where ticks are found.
These small little blood sucking insects feed on all type of vertebrates but are particularly found on human pets such as dogs and cats. Dog tick can be found almost anywhere that your pets stay including your backyard, lawn and garden especially on bushes and shrubs.
Ticks are easily identified because they has flat and round shape attached to dog’s head, ear, around the eyes and skin etc. It is very important that you must look everywhere and search for ticks on every part of your dog body because these little insects will latch on to anywhere without discrimination.
Tick Life Cycle
There are 4 stage as follow:
- six-legged larva
- eight-legged nymph
Female tick has the ability to lay over 10,000 eggs but doesnot usually deposit on the host. The hatching period will begin anywhere around 2 weeks to 3 months. After larva feed on the host then it will develop into larger nymph and adult, respectively. Adult female tick will start to lay eggs sometime after feeding.
Tick has the ability to live without food for long period of time. It is very hard for them to get to the host so it will usually wait at the tips of grasses and shrubs to have a better chance of making contact with the host.
Tick can detect vibrations of an animal walking nearby and able to use modified scent to detect the gas such as carbon dioxide and odor from breathing. Once detected they will walk straight right to their meal. Sometime if they are on high place then they will wait for animals to pass under and simply let go to land on their host.
Dog Tick Bite Symptoms
- severe itching
- scratching or biting the itchy spot
- hot spots (acute moist dermatitis)
- secondary bacterial skin infections such as canine pyoderma (bacterial folliculitis)
- paralysis in some severe case