Ticks are evil
We found a tick in Lucy’s ear last week. Yesterday I took Lucy to the vet to get her annual shots and to have her heart worm tested. My vet not only tests for heart worms, but for tick borne viruses too. Lucy came up positive for canine ehrlichiosis. I am sure it wasn’t caused by this one particular tick, but any tick is a bad tick.
(from http://www.akccf.org) Canine Ehrlichiosis, found worldwide, is the most common and one of the most dangerous tick-borne disease organisms known to infect dogs. Caused by the brown dog tick, symptoms may not surface for months after transmission, and can include fever, loss of appetite, depression, weight loss, runny eyes and nose, nose bleeds and swollen limbs.
If your dogs run the risk of ticks, you might want to ask your vet about testing for tick borne diseases.