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In addition to fleas, ticks represent the most common parasite impacting the health of dogs and cats. Deer ticks and brown dog ticks thrive in Maryland's woods, feeding on the blood of nondomesticated animals like deer, raccoons, mice, rabbits and foxes. Ticks also live tall grasses, areas overgrown with weeds and shrub thickets.
Posing a serious health concern to animals and humans, deer ticks transmit anaplasmosis and Lyme disease to pets. Brown dog ticks carry three types of infectious disease--ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, and hepatozoonosis. All of these tick-borne illnesses may cause fever, muscle/joint aches, headaches, nausea, and fatigue. Some, like Lyme disease, target the nervous and cardiovascular system, producing long-lasting, incurable medical consequences. Your veterinarian near Leonardtown strongly urges pet owners to practice parasite prevention to prevent dogs and cats from suffering tick-borne diseases.
Deer ticks are brownish orange when they are not feeding but present dark abdomens when they are engorged with blood. They may appear dark green or bluish-gray while still attached to your pet. Brown dog ticks have a slight red tinge to their flattened bodies. They also turn an olive or bluish-gray color when engorged. Since it is difficult to distinguish one type of tick from another, your veterinarian suggests bringing your pet to our animal hospital if you find a tick on your dog or cat. He can then removes the tick properly, determine what kind of tick it is and provide a pet wellness exam to ensure your pet is healthy.
For more information about ticks and tick-borne diseases or to schedule a pet wellness exam, please call our animal hospital today at (301) 475-7808.