Ticks suck. Literally. But what's worse is they can make your canine companion very ill. Ticks can transmit a variety of diseases, such as Lyme, Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichiosis, while taking a blood meal from your furry friend.
Symptoms of a tick-borne disease can include:
- Shifting limb
- Swollen joints
- Loss of appetite/weight loss
Did you know...
A high percentage of dogs exposed to a tick-borne disease will never show clinical signs like those listed above. Annual screenings for these diseases are recommended and are critical for early detection. Screenings are fast, easy, and inexpensive. Undetected/untreated disease can lead to significant health issues (such as renal failure) in a small percentage of dogs.
- Tick populations peak in early spring and again in the fall.
- Ticks do not die in the winter, they simply go into a state of hibernation. They begin moving again when temperatures reach 40-45 degrees.
- Ticks can live up to 3 years without a meal.
- A single female tick can lay 3,000 to 6,000 eggs at one time...gross!