Dogs, Ticks and Tick-Borne Parasites

Ticks are more than just creepy; they can spread a number of different diseases that affect both pets and people. Ticks can transmit Lyme disease, Ehrlichia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, anaplasmosis, tularemia, and babesia. So what can you do to protect your pets and your family from tick-borne diseases? Find out below, then learn more about parasite screening and prevention at our parasite prevention and screening campaign
Dogs and Ticks

6 Tick-Borne Parasites Every Dog-Person Should Know

Dogs are susceptible to a number of parasites that they can get from tick bites. Find out about six of the most common infections and then check out how prevalent they are in your area!

Dogs and Ticks

Can My Dog Get Diseases or Parasites From Ticks?

Yes! Dogs are at risk for getting a number of parasites and other bad effects from tick bites. Find out how a tick bite could impact your dog and how this can be an indicator that your whole family may be at risk from the same ticks.

How to Check For and Remove Ticks on Dogs
Checking Around the House for Ticks
The Value of Annual Screening for Tick-Borne Parasites
Preventives and Vaccines for Tick-Borne Infections in Dogs
Treatment for Tick-Borne Infections in Dogs

Dogs and Ticks

What Ticks Are In My Area?

Throughout the United States and Canada, there are a number of ticks that carry a number of serious diseases. And some ticks are known to carry more than one of these diseases, which can complicate treatment and lead to greater health risks. Learn about the most common ticks and where they live on our sister site,, then check out these articles:

Ticks 101
The Tick Lifecycle

Dogs and Ticks

Prevalence Map: Which Diseases Are In My Area?

We've compiled the tick-borne disease prevalence data from thousands of veterinary clinics to help you work with your veterinarian to protect dogs. Find out which diseases have been confirmed in your own zip code:  Check out's tick-borne disease prevalence maps>

Tick-Borne Infections

Anaplasmosis - aka Dog Tick Fever- and Dogs

Canine anaplasmosis can be found throughout the United States, primarily in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and north-central states, as well as in California and can pose a serious risk to your dog's health. Get the basics of anaplasmosis here so you can ask your veterinarian about it! 

Dog Tick Fever 101
Anaplasmosis: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Tick-Borne Infections

Babesiosis and Your Dog

Canine babesiosis is found throughout the United States and Canada and can cause a variety of hard-to-pinpoint symptoms in dogs. It is also zoonotic, meaning people can get it from the same ticks our dogs do. Find out how to protect your whole family: 

Babesiosis 101
Babesiosis and Dogs: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Tick-Borne Infections

Lyme Disease, Dogs and Your Family

Lyme disease has been found in every state in the U.S. and some provinces in Canada. Dogs are significantly more susceptible to contracting B. burgdorferi than are humans. Studies have shown that dogs can be at least 50% more likely to contract Borrelia burgdorferi than humans. Find out how to protect your dog and your whole family: 

Lyme Disease: Quick Overview
Lyme Disease and Your Dog 101
How Can I Prevent My Dog From Getting Lyme Disease?
Diagnosing and Treating Lyme Disease in Dogs
10 Things You Might Not Know About Lyme Disease
What a Positive Test Result for Lyme in Your Dog Means for You

Tick-Borne Infections

What Is Erlichiosis Anyway?

Canine ehrlichiosis comes in multiple forms that are often specific to different U.S. regions. It poses varying levels of risk to people, depending on the strain, but can be difficult to diagnose and become chronic if left untreated.  

Erlichiosis and Your Dog

Diagnosis and the Stages of Erlichiosis In Dogs

Tick-Borne Infections

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Dogs

In dogs, Rocky Mountain spotted fever appears suddenly with severe illness lasting about two weeks. If not treated early enough, Rocky Mountain spotted fever can result in death.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever 101
Diagnosis, Treatment and Risks of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Tick-Borne Infections

What Is Canine Hepatozoonosis?

Unlike other vector-borne diseases that are transmitted by tick bite, both forms of canine hepatozoonosis are transmitted when a dog eats or otherwise ingests an infected tick.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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