Causes of Tick Fever in Dogs
- If your dog spends a lot of time in the woods, in tall grassy areas, or in overgrown shrub areas, he could be prone to disease by a flat, round critter known as a tick. The most common ticks that attack dogs are the wood, brown dog and deer.
- This creature differs from a flea in that it moves very slowly at a crawling speed. This is great news for your dog because it is very important to find and remove them as soon as possible before it has an opportunity to transmit diseases, such as the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. If this creature stays attached 12-36 hours enjoying a meal on your dog, the chances are great that disease process can occur.
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- These blood sucking creatures are very intelligent. They crawl upwards and sit about 18-36 inches high on tall grass, or weeds, then put there senses to work while they sit and wait for their next victim. They can detect carbon dioxide and hot breath, as well as movement. As the dog walks by, the varmint attacks and leeches on. They can go without eating for a whole year.
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Symptoms of Tick Fever in Dogs
- It is important to remember that many illnesses and disease processes have similar symptoms. It is the conglomeration of many symptoms occurring and the length of time the symptoms last that should clue you in that this condition is not normal for your dog. You are looking for symptoms that are prolonged, not just occurring now and then. You know your pet best.
- Common symptoms that occur in tick fever in dogs are a temperature above 103 degrees, rapid, long lasting panting, shivering, cough, either an increased appetite or loss of appetite for more than 24 hours, excessive water drinking, red swollen gums, and discharge from the eyes, nose and ears. You may notice itching and scratching a lot. You may also like to read dog leg sprain causes and symptoms
- You may notice that your dog has decreased activity and sleeps a lot. The dog may be restless and drool more than usual.
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Home Remedies for Tick Fever in Dogs
- A thorough body check is necessary after walks in the woods, or if your dog is hanging out in overgrown grassy areas, or thick overgrown shrub areas. Prompt detection and removal of this blood sucking critter is vital.
- Remove the critter with tweezers, being careful not to squeeze the body thereby discharging toxins into your pet. Apply tweezers firmly and rock back and forth. Remove the entire body, including head, and place in alcohol to kill it. Do not try to flush or throw the tick down the sink. Water does not kill them.
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Causes of Ticks on Cats
- Ticks are parasites that sit and wait for their prey. They like to hang out in low level weeds and grassy areas that may be overgrown and attack people or perhaps your cat as he walks by.
- The tick latches onto the skin of the cat firmly and begins his feast of your cats fresh blood. They spread disease through saliva and can produce serious infectious diseases.
Symptoms of Ticks on Cats
- There are a variety of ways that you as a pet owner can prevent diseases in your cat from tick illnesses.
- Keep your cats immune system in tip top shape. It is a known fact that illness and infection can severely debilitate the already weakened species.
- Avoid feeding commercial dog food on a daily basis. Your cat needs good wholesome, nutritious food every day to stay strong.
- There are too many fillers, molds, dyes and other chemicals that are depleting your cat of basic needs in dry, commercial brands. Over time, these brands also have been found ti dehydrate your cat. More about symptoms of flea anemia in kittens read here
Home Remedies for Ticks on Cats
- A great home remedy for ticks on cats is to keep bushes and shrubs from overgrowth. Keep grass cut and weeds wacked down to take away the ticks hiding areas.
- If a tick is observed stuck on your cat, remove it promptly. The longer it is injected in your cats skin, the higher the risk for disease to occur.
- Symptoms that may indicate transmission of disease over time can be loss of appetite, muscle weakness, fatigue and lethargy.
- Use tweezers to grab the tick close to the head and firmly pull up and out of your pets skin. The tick should have the head attached.
- Throw the tick into alcohol to kill it. Soap and water will not kill it. The tick can be evaluated to ascertain if it was carrying disease.
- Never use flame or hot match tips to kill the tick.