You love your dog and would do anything to keep him safe and healthy. One of those things is to check for any signs of injury or illness. The effects of tick bites on dogs and symptoms vary depending on the type of tick and even how many ticks have attached themselves to your dog. Ticks are more common in dogs than in cats. Tick bites are also more common during the summer and in states that are warmer year around.
These are the most common signs your dog has been bitten by a tick. However, if your dog has shown signs before, it may be due to something else. For example, your dog may have leg weakness due to another condition which may not be tick related. In this case your dog may have another condition which could require a paralyzed dog wheelchair.
The most Common effects of tick bites on dogs that appear 6 to 9 days after the tick has attached to the skin of your dog.
- Abnormal stance (Lameness)
- High blood pressure
- Fast heart rate and irregular rhythm (tachyarrhythmias)
- Weakness (especially in the hind limbs)
- Partial loss of muscle movements (paresis)
- Complete loss of muscle movement (paralysis is usually only seen in advanced state)
- Poor reflexes to complete loss of reflex
- Low muscle tone (hypotonia)
- Difficulty in eating
- Voice disorder (dysphonia)
- Asphyxia due to respiratory muscle paralysis (only in advance state)
- Excessive drooling (sialosis)
- Enlarged esophagus (megaesophagus)
- Excessive dilatation of pupils (mydriasis)
- Joint Swelling
If you observe any of these symptoms you need to take your dog to the veterinarian immediately. Your vet can diagnose various tick related diseases through a physical exam, blood test and in some cases radiographs.