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Dear Vet

I think my puppy may have ticks. I've heard that they can spread diseases in dogs. Is this correct?

- Sarah

Dear Sarah

I would make an appointment for your puppy to see the vet as soon as you can, as ticks can cause some problems.

Ticks can cause "Lyme disease" where the tick is involved in the transmission of a bacterial infection. There is a long incubation period as the bacterium can remain dormant in animals for some time.

Indeed, most affected animals (including humans) never develop any signs at all.

Clinical signs include a rash, fever, depression, swollen lymph glands, chronic arthritis and chronic neurological problems.

Detecting the disease is quite difficult, and diagnosis is usually based on a combination of clinical signs and blood tests.

Although the disease does affect humans, there are no reports of people getting the disease from animals.

Although it may be nothing to worry about, it is best to get your puppy checked over by a vet.

The vet will also be able to advise you about your puppy's future health care needs, such as vaccinations, neutering and parasite control.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Dec 7, 2004
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