Dog Ticks and Lyme Disease

Although deer ticks most commonly transmit Lyme disease, dog ticks may also serve as vectors of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria responsible for the disease. Originally discovered in Old Lyme, Conn., this disease can be cured through early detection and the administration of antibiotics. However, some tick bites are not recognized in time to receive appropriate treatment; untreated Lyme disease may lead to death.

Dog ticks are known to feed on warm-blooded mammals. As their name suggests, they often use dogs as hosts and often enter the home on infested pets. However, dog tick populations indoors may also prove harmful to humans. In order to prevent the transmission of diseases from ticks, it is important to inspect the fur of all house pets regularly.

After identifying a tick, take care not to crush its body or allow its mouthparts to remain inside the victim's skin. Improper removal may lead to infection. Consult your veterinarian for treatment options.