Tick-borne Diseases

Tick-borne infections such as; babesiosis, Lyme disease, tularemia, and ehrlichiosis are the most common in pets. However, responsible pet owners should never take it for granted and get their animals to the veterinary clinic to avoid ticks. Treating ticks can further reduce the risk of other Tick-borne diseases. 

How it spreads : Biting of an infected tick can spread Tick-borne germs. It is also possible that a small amount of saliva is transferred from the tick into animals or people's skin. Usually, it happens during the feeding process. 

Who is at risk : Spending time in tick habitats, including brushy, wooded, or grassy areas, can increase the risk of this disease in both people and animals. For example, ticks may be present in cats under collars, around the ears, near eyelids, between back legs or toes, under front legs, or around the tail. Pet owners should remove the ticks promptly to prevent the diseases. 

Signs in pets : Signs in pets heavily depend on the type or severity of the infection. And sometimes, no signs of illness appear in the cats.

Symptoms in people : The most common signs include body aches, fever, chills, or a rash. However, the symptoms can be different depending on the type of disease. As some tick-borne diseases could be life-threatening, it is crucial to consult with your doctor if you develop any of the signs mentioned above.