There is more then one type of dog tick. In fact, there are several types of dog ticks. This is very important for dog owners to know and understand. The symptoms of an advanced tick bite can be very dangerous for dogs and if not treated and can lead to death. However, the dog tick symptoms may differ based on what type of tick has bitten your dog. The particular type of tick might also affect the dog tick treatment that is administered by your dog’s vet.
The types of ticks that are known to be more bothersome for dogs and puppies are the wood and brown dog tick. Wood ticks get their name because they are typically found in the woods, deep brush or fields. If you take your dog hunting, for walks in the woods, hiking or allow him or her to run through open fields, they may be in greater risk of being bitten by a wood tick.
Brown ticks can be found anytime of the year, but particularly when the weather is cooler. They thrive outdoors in the cold weather but have a difficult time surviving indoors. However, dogs often bring them indoors. A very dangerous condition which can develop if your dog is bitten by a brown tick is Ehrlichiosis. Ehrlichiosis can be very dangerous for your dog. The symptoms associated with it are fever, bleeding, lameness and lethargy. Once your dog has it, it will begin to attack your dog’s cells. Overtime, if not caught early enough, or if it is not properly treated, this can lead to your dog’s death. Therefore, it is very important that you take preventative measures to protect your dog. At the very least, check your dog on a regular basis for ticks and be very diligent about their health. This simply means to watch for any unusual behavior in your dog and then take them to the vet if their health appears to worsen.