Causes of Tick Infestation of Dogs
Dogs pick up ticks from the environment and less frequently from other animals. Different ticks live in different geographical areas. Ticks tend to be attracted to dogs by warmth, physical contact and odors, among other things.
There are a number of commercial topical preventatives that are quite effective in managing ticks in companion dogs. Your veterinarian can recommend these products to you. Of course, avoiding outdoor areas that harbor ticks is an excellent way to reduce the risk of infection. Certain vaccines are available for some diseases caused by tick-born organisms, such as Lyme’s disease.
Ticks can parasitize many mammals, including people. They should be physically removed from affected animals as quickly as possible. The so-called “tick feeding cavity” should be cleaned with soap and water, or other solutions as recommended by your veterinarian, to reduce the risk of local inflammation and infection. The prognosis for dogs that have been parasitized by ticks is very good, so long as effective measures are taken to prevent re-exposure and re-infection.