Dog Health Issues - Description & Transmission of the Canine Lyme Disease Tick
The Deer Tick (Ixodes scapularis) transmits Lyme disease. These ticks are the small, wingless, external parasites. The carrier of Lyme Disease is the white-footed mouse which in turn infects the tick. This particular species of tick, the Deer Tick, that transmits Lyme disease is a Hard Shell tick. You may want to check out spray treatment for more.
Ticks - Blood Suckers
Ticks feed by sucking the blood of their hosts (our dogs). They have a device in their mouth which allows them to anchor themselves firmly in place while sucking blood. Forcefully pulling a tick out from under the skin can leave the head behind.
Quick removal of the tick will help prevent canine Lyme Disease because the tick must remain attached to the dog’s body for at least one day before the disease can be transmitted. Care must be taken to remove a tick because forcefully pulling a tick out from under the skin often leaves the head behind. Careless squeezing of the tick may also force any bacteria from the tick into the bloodstream. The application of irritants such as lighted cigarettes, matches, alcohol, nail polish, or vaseline can also have the same effect.
An excellent preventative measure for many dogs is taking an over the counter supplement to counter the effects of aging. Many of these product have anti-oxidant properties along with gluclosamine and chondroitin to stop the progression of joint pain, inflammation and arthritis. Free & Easy for Dogs is an example of a product which has shown excellent results in the prevention and treatment of joint pain, inflammation, arthritis and canine hip dysplasia.