Ticks or also called Ectoparasites are organisms that live on the outside of an animal. They are quite often on dogs. Some ticks can infest dogs that spend most of their time indoors, and even dogs that only spend brief periods of time outside can have ticks.
Ticks attach to your dog by inserting their mouthparts into their skin. After attaching to your dog, ticks begin feeding on your dog’s blood. The places where ticks attach can become red and irritated.
They are usually not painful, and very often you notice them only after a few hours after they get attached. It generally takes about 48 hours for them to spread infection.
The placement of the bite is very important, and can play a huge factor in the seriousness of the situation. It’s always a good idea to get your Golden Retriever on flea and tick medicine.
With their long coats, it’s not that easy to find an attached tick and if one is overlooked, the medicine will kill it before it has time to spread any illnesses.
If you do find a tick on your golden, always make sure you removed it completely- including the head.
There are many different types of ticks and though everyone always worries about Lyme Disease.
Lyme disease can cause arthritis and swelling of your dog’s joints, resulting in painful lameness. Rocky Mountain spotted fever can cause fever, lameness, and other signs. There are also other diseases that ticks can transmit to your dog.
Any diseases that may be contracted can take weeks, or even months, for the signs to appear and therefore, you may not realize that it relates back to being bitten.
If you or your Golden do get bit, you may want to take note of when that happened, and it’s definitely always best to contact your vet and your doctor.
In case your golden develops a bulls-eye rash after any bites, go to the vet immediately. This type of rash can be an early sign of Lyme Disease, or of STARI, depending on the type of tick that your dog was bitten by.