There are a lot of universal laws, virtues, and truths in this world. They are accepted around the world as fact by peoples of different races, creeds, and what not. One such universal truth is the fact that ticks are just bad. There, I said it. Ticks are bad. Now when first reading this you might think that Im crazy, or that this statement simply isnt wholly accepted. Well, youre wrong, and guess what, I am right. Think about it. No really, think about it for a second. Who do you know that likes a tick plunging its bulbous head into their exposed flesh. So yeah, Im right- nobody is like that. And if you can actually think of an acquaintance who enjoys that experience, you might want to rethink the group of people with whom you surround yourself. So on to the actual article: deer ticks on dogs.
Now that weve established that ticks are indisputably bad, its time to accept the fact that your dog will inevitably pick up a few throughout the course of its life. If you want that life to be relatively long, its time to start preparing for this eventuality and preparing an appropriate response.
So what exactly are ticks, and especially deer ticks? Well, ticks are parasitic arthropods that feed off the blood of the host organism. In no way is this a symbiotic relationship. The ticks are literally sucking the host dry. These organisms are often found in wooded environments, meaning the woods right next to your house, the park you like to walk your dog in, the long grass youve neglected to cut for God knows how long, etc. Basically, they are just constantly lurking, waiting for a bloody meal to come along. Furthermore, ticks are extremely difficult to remove until they become fully engorged with blood. Thus if your attempt to remove them goes awry, their head may detach from its body and be left inside of you; not a good way to go through life (yet another universal truth).
Let me be clear: no tick is a good tick when it comes to dogs. Often times your loving pet can be made violently ill by these miscreant organisms. Deer ticks on dogs are exceptionally dangerous. Many times, such ticks can induce fever and extreme lethargy in dogs. Deer ticks on dogs can also result in joint swelling, anemia, lameness, and weakness in dogs. I dont think there is a dog-owner out there who wishes these symptoms on their beloved pests. Other types of ticks can also bring about a transient condition known as tick paralysis. This ominous occurrence begins with almost imperceptibly impaired movement, followed by a gradual onset of full-blown paralysis.
So that about wraps up this article on deer ticks on dogs. Basically, the first step to avoiding this problem is awareness, followed by a quick response to the problem if it arises. For your dogs sake, I hope you are prepared.