Tick-borne disease is one of the most dreaded diseases among pet parents - and rightly so. The infection occurs when a tick infected with the parasite bites a healthy puppy. Shortly afterwards, the symptoms of tick-borne disease begin to appear. One of the reasons why this disease is so dangerous is that its symptoms are very varied and worsen quickly. Tick-borne disease can be very dangerous.tick disease is curable, but the longer treatment takes to start, the more complicated it gets. To help you better understand the dangers of tick disease in dogs, the Paws of the House has prepared the following infographic, check it out!See_also: Natural calming for dogs: how does it work and which herbs are suitable for animals?
There are four types of tick-borne disease
Tick-borne disease is actually the set of hemoparasitoses transmitted through the tick bite. It is the vector of different infectious agents that parasitize the bloodstream. The types of tick-borne disease are:
Babeesiosis (caused by protozoan)
Ehrlichiosis (bacteria)See_also: All about mange in cats: find out more about the different types of the disease
Spotted fever (bacterial)
Lyme disease (bacterial)
Babesiosis and ehrlichiosis are the most common. There are differences between all of them (such as their causative agents), but they all have the tick as the vector and basically the same symptoms. Tick-borne disease, whatever it is, brings several dangers to the dog's health.
There is also tick-borne disease in humans. The tick that transmits the parasite to the dog can also pass it on to people. The symptoms are very similar and it is also a very serious disease. However, the dog does not transmit tick-borne disease to humans. That is, if your puppy is sick, he will not pass it on to you, because only the tick does that.
Symptoms of tick-borne disease: hemorrhages cause red plaques and bleeding
The causative agents of tick-borne disease contaminate the blood. They infiltrate the bloodstream and begin to affect the organs. Therefore, many of the symptoms of tick-borne disease are related to problems in the blood cells. The body has difficulty clotting and, as a result, bleeding appears throughout the body. The sick dog has petechiae, which arered spots on the skin caused by bleeding in the blood vessels. In addition, nosebleeds are another symptom of tick-borne disease, although less frequent. They are also a consequence of bleeding caused by a lack of clotting, as is blood in the stool and urine.
Tick-borne disease leaves the animal without food and increasingly weak
Knowing how to feed a dog with tick-borne disease is tricky. When a dog is sick, it tends to feel more nauseous and quiet, so it loses its desire to eat. Lack of appetite and weight loss are one of the main signs of tick-borne disease. Symptoms like these are common to many diseases, so watch for other signs.
The lack of appetite that tick disease causes is worrying because food is essential to strengthen the immune system, which is responsible for fighting the parasite. Without eating, the pet becomes weaker and the causative agent stronger, making it difficult to respond well to treatment. It is important to visit a nutritionist veterinarian at this time. He will indicate the best way of feedingNever give high-calorie foods, as it may seem that the dog is in the mood at the time, but in fact it is not gaining nutrients and its body may still refuse the food.
Tick-borne disease: symptoms such as body weakness and unwellness are common
Another common thing in a dog with the disease is the loss of vitality. This is very worrying because the dog simply does not have the strength to fight the symptoms. Tick disease causes a low number of platelets in the blood, which makes the animal lose its mood for anything, whether it is eating, playing, walking or anything else it needs to get up from the bed to do. Thus, it getsIn addition, tick-borne disease makes the dog so unwell that he becomes very sad and may even develop depression in some cases.
Tick-borne disease in dogs favors the emergence of other diseases
As the tick disease progresses, the body weakens and other diseases may arise. It is common for the sick dog to develop severe kidney failure. Another frequent problem is anemia, a consequence of the loss of blood cells. In other words, tick disease may not come alone. It leaves the immunity so weak that new diseases gain a foothold.
It's rare, but tick-borne disease can cause neurological symptoms
Neurological symptoms may arise as a consequence of tick-borne disease. It is not so common, but as the parasite attacks the whole organism, it may happen that it also affects the nervous system. The sequelae of tick-borne disease of the neurological type include mainly convulsions, weakness and paralysis of the limbs. Dermatological problems are also symptoms of tick-borne disease less sofrequent, but may appear in some cases.