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Dog Tick Bites

Aardora helps speed healing in three ways. First, Aardora's unique moisturizers soothe itch, irritation and swelling to deter over-scratching of tick bites. Second, Aardora serves as an antimicrobial dressing in order to protect raw, damaged patches from harmful germs (bacteria and fungus). Lastly, Aardora’s Active Earth Elements™ draw toxins and allergens away from your dog's skin while providing essential mineral nutrients. Guaranteed results with no reported side effects.

How to Check for Tick Bites:

If your dog is active outdoors, particularly in areas with high grasses or woods, it is likely that they’ll collect a tick at some point in their life. So, be diligent with your grooming habits and check your pet thoroughly every day for ticks, particularly in the warmer months. Start from the tip of the nose & work your way right down to the tail, making sure that you check between their toes and inside their ears. Remember- if a tick is infected with the bacteria that causes lyme disease, it will take approximately 10-12 hours for the disease to transmit from the tick to your pet (from the time that the tick initially burrows into your dog’s skin). So, catching a tick early is the best way to prevent potential side effects associated with a bite.

If you find a tick on your pet's skin, check to see if the tick has begun to drink your pet's blood (the tick will appear swollen). If the tick has already bit your dog and begun to drink blood, do not do anything- the tick will die and drop off your pet within a day or so. If the tick is not swollen, you can easily remove it by applying a drop of alcohol to sterilize the area, and then using a small square of duct tape to grab the bug. This method is much more effective than using tweezers or a razor, which can easily harm your pet's skin if they shift around mid-process. Of course, wear gloves during this process and wash your pet’s skin / your own hands afterward.

Tick Bite Symptoms:

Tick bite symptoms can vary depending upon several factors. Often there will be no symptoms and no reason to suspect that a tick bite was ever present. But occasionally, there will be a small area of irritation, redness, swelling, itching, and possible pain near the site of the attack. Due to this discomfort, and your pet’s likely interest in attending to the area, one of the most important treatment goals is to deter scratching by use of a cone. Excessive scratching or biting will leave the skin raw, moist and highly prone to infection.

How to Care for a Dog with Tick Bites:

Use a fast-acting and soothing topical cream to manage itch or redness.  A topical (surface) skin protectant, such as Aardora, will also guard the skin against infection, which can pose serious delays to your pet’s healing.

In addition to using Aardora, there are additional at-home methods of responding to a bug or insect bite and making your pet more comfortable. Applying a paste of baking soda and water will help relieve itch, and holding a cold compress to the irritated area will help to reduce swelling. Both of these techniques can be applied several times a day.

And, of course, treating your dog with an extra dose of TLC (tender loving care) will help him or her to heal more comfortably. Surround your dog with its favorite toys, pillows, etc.

Healing Complications to Watch Out For:

Unfortunately, in some cases, ticks can carry diseases and bacteria that are highly toxic. For dogs, Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are the most serious illnesses. Because symptoms of tick-borne illnesses may not show up until days or weeks after the bite, it is especially important to check your dog daily and watch out for symptoms that signify a more serious condition. These tell-tale symptoms include a loss of appetite, vomiting or dry retching, excess salivation, difficulty swallowing, coughing, heavy breathing or noisy panting. If symptoms progress, you may also notice that your dog exhibiting lethargic behavior, weak hind legs, incontinence, and extreme labored breathing.

Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria carried by certain ticks (usually the brown deer tick). After the tick burrows its way into your dog’s skin, it will take approximately 10-12 hours for the disease to transmit from the tick to your pet. During this time, pay close attention to your dog’s behavior; watch out for exhaustion, heavy breathing, stiff joints or sudden collapse.

Ehrlichiosis is also caused by a tick-carried-bacteria. Tell-tale symptoms vary greatly between dog breeds, but usually include lethargy, chronic weight loss and loss of appetite. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is caused by a tick-borne-organism called Rickettsia rickettsii. Symptoms to watch out for in your dog are lethargy, weight loss, fever, vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms generally present within a couple of weeks after the original tick bites, whereas Ehrlichiosis symptoms may not present (or be fully noticeable) for months.

If you suspect lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or see any of the aforementioned serious bite side effects, visit your veterinarian immediately. A blood test can determine the existence of these diseases and enable the vet to prescribe a treatment plan.

Remedies depend on the severity of the symptoms, and are different from case to case. It is likely that pet will need to be hospitalized, given an antiserum (healthy blood that is obtained from hyperimmune animals) or antibiotics. Recovery also depends on the severity of symptoms, but will likely be more than 2 days.

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