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. And each year, thousands of dogs become infected with serious diseases transmitted by a number of different ticks. Ticks can transmit Lyme disease, Ehrlichia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, anaplasmosis, tularemia, and babesia. Generally known as vector-borne disease, the risks they pose to your dog can be minimized with preventive measures (topical medications, tick collars, etc.) and annual checkups include vector-borne disease screening. This is especially important, as symptoms of vector-borne disease are often vague and difficult to recognize. Because of this, many pet owners don’t know their dog is suffering from a debilitating tick disease until it’s too late.

Fortunately, can help pet owners with tips and information about vector-borne disease and how to keep dogs safe. Because when you know more about the risk, you can help keep your best friend happy, healthy and tick-free.

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.


Find tick-borne diseases in your area
Visit Pets & Parasites from the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) to learn about how widespread tick-borne diseases are in your area.


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Further reading


Your guide to understanding parasitic diseases in dogs

Parasites survive by feeding on animals and people. Some insects, worms, and other parasites can make pets and people sick. Know what to look for and how to treat.


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.

Ticks are everywhere
8 tips for keeping your dog free from tick-borne diseases
What to do if a tick head gets stuck in your dog's skin

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!

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 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 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.

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.

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.

Reviewed on: 
Wednesday, September 2, 2015