Once you bring your puppy indoors out of a walk in the woods (or another place which might have ticks), then take some opportunity to check him over thoroughly for ticks.
If you discover a tick on your dog, know that there’ll probably be at least one more.
If your dog happens to begin twitching, take him immediately to the vet. Your pet may have gotten Lyme Disease from a tick bite.
About Ticks and Lyme Disease
There are hundreds of different types of ticks on earth. Many of them carry germs, viruses or other germs which cause disease in creatures or humans.
From the midwestern and eastern United States, Ixodes scapularis or deer tick is the main vector of Lyme disease. From the South, lone star ticks (Amblyomma americanum) may also transmit Lyme disease or a closely related illness.
In every phase after hatching, they suck blood from animals like mice, squirrels, deer, and birds. Then they fall off, enter a dormant period and molt to enter the next phase.
Ticks do not begin being infected with Lyme. They get it by feeding on an infected animal, often a mouse or other small rodent. Then, they pass it along to another animal or individual they bite.
How long does it take the tick to transmit Lyme?
Experts disagree about how much time it requires a tick to transmit Lyme disease. The CDC says that typically, the tick must be connected over 24 hours.
We believe that gives people a false sense of security. In some research studies, 5-7 percent of nymphs transmitted the Lyme bacteria in under 24 hours. 1 newspaper reported on a case of Lyme disease transmitted after six hours of tick attachment. The risk might be reduced the first day, but it is not zero.
What’s more, some studies show that only 30 percent of individuals with Lyme disease recall a tick bite. If people do not even understand that they had been bitten, how can they know how long the tick was attached?
The longer a tick remains on you, the more likely it will transmit disease. It’s important to discover and remove any tick as soon as possible.
Adult ticks feed and mate primarily on deer. You might also find adult ticks on horses, dogs, and other domesticated animals. Nymphs feed primarily on smaller creatures. These include squirrels, mice, lizards, rabbits, and birds that feed on the floor. Migratory birds help disperse ticks around the nation.