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My Dog Ate a Tick...Help!

Posted by Jennifer Smith on

Last week, we talked about what happens if a child eats a tick. We have established that if a kid eats a tick, it is possible that Lyme Disease can spread (if the tick is carrying a tick disease, of course). But, what happens if a dog eats a tick?

Pet parents can calm down. Dogs have a better stomach lining and immunity to diseases than we do. If a tick carrying diseases is ingested, the dog may get sick but it will not be infected by tick infection. 

Nevertheless, it's important to keep close eye on pets during outside playtime. Keep deer and other wildlife away from pets to protect them from the spread of tick illnesses. Build a dog fence to protect domestic pets from predatory animals such as coyotes that may be carrying ticks.