Tick Transmitted Diseases

posted: by: Companion Animal Hospital Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Not only do ticks feed on your pet’s blood, they can transmit life-threatening illnesses to both you and your pet.


Lyme disease is a serious illness, transmitted by ticks that can cause fever, tiredness, limping, painful/swollen joints, and even kidney failure. Although it is easily preventable, we are still seeing an increase in the number of infections in our area. Dogs are 50% more likely to contract Lyme disease than humans.


Ehrlichia is another serious illness transmitted by ticks that can cause depression, fever, painful joints, or even more serious complications such as internal bleeding. Ehrlichia is the #2 most common canine infectious disease in the United States.


Anaplasmosis is transmitted by the same types of ticks that carry Lyme disease and Ehrlichiosis. Symptoms may include fever, lack of energy, swollen/painful joints, not eating well, vomiting and diarrhea. Anaplasmosis is an emerging disease that is surpassing Lyme disease numbers in some areas of the U.S. , including New Hampshire.


RMSF is another illness both dogs and people can contract from ticks. It causes blood vessel inflammation (vasculitis) in many organs and can cause death.


Your dog is tested for Ehrlichia, Anaplasmosis and Lyme Disease as part of his/her yearly heartworm test, This is one reason why it is important to test yearly even if your dog is on year round heartworm prevention. Treating these diseases early helps prevent long-term damage.


While there is a vaccine available for Lyme disease, there are not vaccinations available for either Ehrlichia or Anaplasmosis. To help protect your pet from these potentially deadly diseases, we recommend using Vectra 3D year round, because ticks can be present and active in winter months.


Ticks do not burrow.
You do not need to remove the head, just grasp close to the skin and pull.