What the Husky are Ticks?
Ticks are small parasites that partially burrow themselves into the skin of animals, birds, and sometimes reptiles, in order to suck the blood of the unlucky host. After finding their preferred location and initiating the feeding, a tick will remain stationary for days, reveling in the infinite abundance of nutrients. They anesthetize the area they bite through in order to prevent any sensation of pain, so it’s all that harder to detect them. Ticks are usually active from spring through fall.
How does my Husky get Ticks?
After a nice stroll at the park, especially in brushy and forested areas, your husky may pick up a few ticks on the way. It’s important to check your husky for ticks periodically, especially in the warmer summer months. They are most often acquired from tall brush or grass where they board your unsuspecting husky as she’s enjoying playtime, but they can also be acquired from your very own backyard . More often than not, ticks will remain undetected because of their small size. But after a few days of feasting, a tick may grow exponentially larger as they fill with blood. Ticks prefer to feast near the head, neck, ear, and feet area, but they are not limited to those areas, so be sure to check everywhere!
How do I Know if my Husky has Ticks?
Some ticks may be small enough to miss, but generally, you can detect most of them with the naked eye. A good rule of thumb is to check your dog for ticks every time you go out for playtime in grassy or brushy areas, especially areas open to forests where deer and other animals can carry them in.
How do I Remove a Tick from my Husky?
Care has to be taken when removing a tick from your husky. The most popular removal tool is the good old tweezers, but there are products specifically designed to remove ticks like the Tick Nipper. You want to grasp the tick as close to your dog’s skin as possible, without pinching it. The tick feels solid, but it can burst if you squish it with the tweezers, making it harder to remove. Any blood that comes out of the tick can contain an infection that could transmit to your dog or even to you! Gently pull the tick out. Be sure to remove all body parts including the head. It can take only a few hours for a disease to be transmitted from the tick, so consulting your vet after you find a tick is a good idea.
Diseases? What can my Husky Get?
Some health problems may arise as a result of these bloodsuckers including blood loss, tick paralysis, anemia, skin irritation, or bacterial infection. More severe infections may transmit Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, or Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which are serious problems that can be life threatening if not treated properly.
What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is an infection that can affect dogs, cats, even humans and other mammals. The primary carrier of Lyme disease is the deer tick that likes to feed on rodents in its early stage and then gets transferred to your dog, cat, or even you. Symptoms of Lyme disease include swelling of the lymph nodes, fever, loss of appetite, depression, lameness, and swollen painful joints. Renal failure can also be caused by Lyme disease.
How is Lyme Disease Treated?
Lyme disease is most often treated with antibiotics. If you suspect your husky may have Lyme disease you need to visit your vet immediately.
How do I Prevent a Tick Infestation?
First and foremost, keep your lawn mowed and clean. Tall grass and trash may invite rodents to visit your lawn and deposit ticks on your husky’s playground. There are many commercial products available for tick, flea, and lice control to keep those parasites off Grover