The danger of catching a tick lurks your dog, not only in the forest or in a shady park overgrown with trees, but even in the yard. If time does not remove the tick from the dog, it can cause a dangerous disease, which is called piroplasmosis. This disease is most active in the spring. After the tick bites the dog, blood parasites enter the blood of the animal, which are the cause of the disease.
How to recognize a tick bite in a dog?
The tick bite itself does not detect any signs other than the presence of the parasite itself. Therefore, as soon as you and your pet returned from a walk, immediately examine the dog for ticks. Inspect the animal as carefully as possible.
- If you find a tick, then you need to immediately remove it from the body of your pet. This is easiest to do with tweezers or a special tool. As soon as you fix the tick with tweezers, start rotating it around its axis until it clenches its jaws. Only after this tick can you gently remove from the skin.
- To loosen his grip, you can drop oil or gasoline on the tick. Pulling the tick out of the animal's body must be done carefully, otherwise the insect's mouth apparatus may remain under the skin. There is nothing dangerous in this, just an animal will experience an unpleasant feeling, as if there is a splinter under his skin.
- Then the dog must be closely watched for 5-7 days. Your pet may have a disease that does not show any signs at all from 4-5 days to 3 weeks. In the first days after the bite of those same parasites that enter the body of an animal after a tick bite, it is impossible to detect them. Therefore, it is necessary to closely monitor changes in the behavior and well-being of the animal, as well as constantly measure its temperature (twice a day).
If you notice obvious signs of illness, immediately contact your veterinarian. After all, it can carry serious consequences for the beloved animal. The easiest way to catch this disease is puppies and young dogs. But the most easily tolerated piroplasmosis dogs older than 4 years.
Symptoms of piroplasmosis in dogs
The fact that your dog is sick with piroplasmosis can be identified by the following signs:
- The animal appears lethargy and general depressed
- Mucous membranes become poor or become yellowish.
- There is slowness in the movements.
- The urine of the dog becomes the color of tea leaves (this happens 2-3 days after the onset of the disease)
- The dog shows weakness in its hind legs.
However, the disease can occur and atypically. That is, the temperature of the animal may be normal, but it causes vomiting and diarrhea, as well as other signs that are not typical for this disease. In this regard, after a tick bite, finding even the most insignificant changes in the condition of your animal, immediately take him to the vet.
Prevention of piroplasmosis in dogs with a tick bite
Piroplasmosis for dogs is fatal in 98% of cases, so if an animal is sick, the treatment prescribed by a veterinarian is a must! But it is much easier to carry out prevention than treatment. Preventive measures against piroplasmosis include: vaccination (this measure does not protect against the appearance of the disease, but will help to avoid death), the use of antiparasitic agents (collars, drops on withers, sprays, etc.) - it is better to use several varieties at once. A close inspection of the animal is also a preventive and MANDATORY (!) Measure. During the examination, pay special attention to the area of the head, groin, neck and chest.
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Remember that we are responsible for those who have tamed. Your dog needs protection and careful handling. Do not forget to monitor the health of their pets. Then they will be beautiful, cheerful, affectionate and cheerful.