I think it’s a good time to continue our focus on external parasites. Another creeper critter that we see frequently in our area is a tick. Internationally, ticks are known for causing a range of illness by transmitting bacteria, viruses, and even protozoa to both humans and animals. There are multiple species of ticks, all of which have unique color patterns for both males and females. Each species is capable of carrying different diseases. The most common tick-borne diseases of the Rocky Mount area are probably Ehrlichiosis and Lyme Diseases.
In Nash County, according to capcvet.org (an authoritative resource), 1 out of every 7 dogs is positive for Ehrlichia and 1 out of every 31 dogs is positive for Lyme Disease. However, the majority of dogs never show clinical signs but can remain positive on tests for several years. Clinical signs include: lethargy or lack of energy, inappetence, lameness, fever, bleeding disorders, and occasionally vomiting and diarrhea. Unfortunately, it may take as little as 1-2 days for an attached tick to transmit a disease. But there are several newer and safer products out that work great in preventing tick attachment. Ticks can be everywhere too, not just wooded areas. So, make sure you got your pets covered.
Thanks, and have a happy week.
Dr. Michael Hicks
Hicks Animal Clinic