Dog Behaviors After Tick Bite

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Identifying Dog Behaviors After Tick Bite 

Dogs are usually easy targets for ticks. Their characteristic low height and their tendency to walk through tall and tick-covered grasses and woods make them common hosts. Even though an occasional tick bite might not bring any harm to the dog, some ticks are known carriers of serious diseases. During the warmer months, dogs that move through tall, grassy fields and wooded areas get infested with ticks. If you have a dog, you should always be on the lookout for any behavioral changes in dogs after a tick bite. This will allow you to handle the tick problem early enough to avoid any severe conditions that may arise as a result of an untreated tick bite. Here are some dog behaviors after a tick bite that you’ll probably notice.

Common Dog Behaviors After Tick Bite

They hardly eat their food: A sick dog does not have the strength necessary to do much, this is why such dogs can’t eat much. If you realize that your dog hardly touches his food, there is a high chance that he has got a tick. The lack of appetite is a typical behavior of dogs with Lyme disease, a condition caused by tick bites. However, this may also be caused by other factors. So, it would be wise to take your dog to a vet immediately for proper diagnosis, if you notice that he doesn’t eat.

They breathe rapidly: Dogs with tick bites usually suffer from conditions such as anemia and fever. A combination of these two conditions usually causes rapid breathing, and sometimes it’s as a result of the shock reaction that occurs in the lungs

The dog’s lungs and liver struggle to deal with the insufficient oxygen supply, and the liver has to work extra hard to excrete bile because of the extreme breakdown of red blood cells.

This shock reaction is responsible for many behaviors of dogs with tick bites, and rapid breathing is just one of them.

They seem lazy, sluggish and even walk with a limp: If your dog seems less active than normal, this could be a sign that they are suffering from something. Dogs are normally very active animals, and inactivity is one of the common dog behaviors after a tick bite. If you keenly observe your dog and notice that he is limping a bit or can’t jump, this could be a sign of a tick bite. Infestations from these tick bites might result in muscle pains, which usually manifest either as a limp or as sensitivity to putting pressure on particular areas. This might even cause some degree of aggression in your dog since the dog is in a lot of pain and might not have any other way of expressing himself other than through aggression.

Why You Need To Be Able To Recognize Dog Behaviors After Tick Bite

Many dog owners mistakenly believe that tick bites aren’t serious health concerns. Bear in mind that tick bites can lower the immune system of your dog, hence making his whole body susceptible to other illnesses. Besides, if left untreated, the effects of ticks on dogs can be challenging to reverse. In the advanced stages, it becomes much harder for a vet to give the required treatment. Tick bites can even cause death to your dog in the worst scenarios. That’s why you need to be able to identify the initial behavioral changes in dogs after a tick bite to be able to treat the condition during its early stages. So, If you notice any of the behaviors mentioned above in your dog, it’s best that you take him to the veterinarian immediately for a correct diagnosis, as it could be the symptoms of a tick bite.

Dr. Winnie
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My name is Dr. Winnie. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Masters of Science in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa. I have been an animal lover and owners all my life having owned a Rottweiler named Duke, a Pekingese named Athena and now a Bull Mastiff named George, also known as big G! I'm also an amateur equestrian and love working with horses. I'm a full-time Veterinarian in South Africa specializing in internal medicine for large breed dogs. I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 kids and Big G in my free time. Author and Contribturor at SeniorTailWaggers, A Love of Rottweilers, DogsCatsPets and TheDogsBone

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