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I took my dog on a ke on new years day. Three days later, I

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I took my dog on a hike on new years day. Three days later, I noticed an engorged tick on his forhead. I removed it and checked for more ticks. I found two more on his ear along with a nymph. I called the vet but the receptionist was no help. This morning I found another one on his paw. I believe that they were deer ticks and not the dog tick that I am more familiar with. I am worried about diseases that ticks can transmit. Should I take my dog to the vet? My dogs are not curently taking any preventative medication. Previouslt I used Revolution.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.


I am sorry to hear about this concern. I am working on an answer now.

Dr. Andy

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.

Yes, I absolutely feel this is well worth a vet visit. With several tick bites, I think it would be very prudent to get the skin evaluated, and the vet may suggest doing a 10-14 day course of doxcycyline as a precaution.

Tick transmitted diseases can be fairly easily tested in the hospital. Some vets even have a in-house test that quickly evaluates for diseases like lyme, anaplasmosis or ehrlichiosis.

Considering multiple tick bites, its worth the vet trip, basic testing, and possibly a antibiotic course.

Hope that information helps

Dr. Andy