One of the fundamental pillars of a dog's health is its deworming, both internal and external. Parasites are on the lookout to cause discomfort to your four-legged best friend, and many of them carry diseases of varying severity. In the case of external parasites, ticks embed themselves in your pet and feed on its blood. As a result, if the infestation is serious and we do not stop it in time, it can cause anemia or paralysis in your dog.
The tick bite will cause your dog itching, stinging and even pain. He could lose his fur in the affected areas as a result of his persistent scratching. But in addition to all this, these external parasites can transmit to your pet certain pathogenic microorganisms that will cause certain diseases, depending on the species of tick in question. In fact, ticks can also attack humans and spread these diseases. Let's see the most common and their symptoms, in order to monitor our furry and protect him from ticks and the diseases they spread.
In some dogs it can be asymptomatic, while others will suffer from it in a similar way to the flu, with symptoms such as fever, apathy, lack of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting and even paralysis in their joints. It can affect organs such as the animal's liver, kidneys and spleen, as well as its nervous system. There may also be blood in the urine, stool, or nosebleeds.
Its symptoms are variable and often severe, appearing about 15 days after the tick bite. It can cause fever, diarrhea, vomiting, respiratory problems, apathy, lethargy, loss of appetite and weight, jaundice (the skin and mucous membranes turn yellow), anemia, changes in the spleen and lungs. In serious cases, especially if it is a young dog, it can cause death.
It is one of the most common tick-borne diseases, considerably weakening the animal's immune system. It causes loss of weight and appetite, apathy, lethargy, incoordination of their movements, hemorrhages, seizures, respiratory problems, fever, swollen glands, ocular and nasal secretions. In addition, it harms the liver, spleen, lymph nodes, and meninges.
Also called borreliosis, it mainly affects your central nervous system. It causes symptoms such as depression and apathy, anorexia, fever, joint and muscle pain, lameness, meningitis, headaches, and enlarged lymph nodes. There may be kidney, heart and neural problems.