They present a danger to both people and pets.
The most important tick-borne diseases that affect dogs are Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesiosis, Bartonellosis, and Hepatozoonosis.
Do dog ticks carry disease to humans?
American dog ticks are known to harbor bacteria responsible for causing diseases in humans such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which is spread when they suck blood from their host. Exposure to these ticks is most likely to occur during spring and early summer.
Do dog ticks carry Lyme?
Lone star ticks, the American dog tick, the Rocky Mountain wood tick and the brown dog tick do not transmit the disease. Fact: First of all, not all deer ticks are infected with the Lyme disease bacterium. Second, if a tick is removed within 24 hours of biting, risk of infection drops dramatically.
What are the symptoms of tick disease in dogs?
Symptoms are similar to other tick diseases including fever, loss of appetite, stiff joints and lethargy, but also can include vomiting, diarrhea. In extreme cases, dogs may suffer seizures.