You should start worrying about a tick bite on your dog as soon as you see one. Ticks are always bad news whether you find a lone ranger or your dog’s coat is overrun by the bloodsuckers.
So why should you be worried about tick bites on your pooch? Here are a few potential consequences of a tick infestation on your dog.
Skin Irritation And Infection
One of the earliest signs of a tick bite on a dog is irritation. The dog may scratch themselves intensely in a specific spot or all over their body with the latter happening with heavy infestations.
With time, the scratching could result in infections especially if the dog scratches so much that they leave open wounds on their skin.
Poor Coat Health
Another reason to worry about ticks on your dog is that they usually result in poor coat health. In addition to the possible skin infection, the constant skin irritation and scratching could result in hair loss for the dog.
The hair loss occurs either locally or may be widespread. In very severe cases, the dog’s coat may never grow back to normal.
Your dog could get sick from a tick bite if the tick is a carrier of pathogens in which Lyme disease is one of the most common illnesses.
The pathogens responsible are carried by the deer tick which can bite your dog if you happen to bring your dog out exploring outdoor areas like forests where the ticks live.
Lyme disease causes a number of issues including limb weakness and joint pain and swelling which will affect the dog’s mobility. The pooch may also develop a fever and enlarged lymph nodes.