Ticks can carry more than just Lyme disease

Ticks harbor more than just Lyme disease and it is important to keep you and your dog safe.

Dog owners have long known that ticks can cause Lyme disease and other infectious problems for pets, but researchers in Texas have recently identified other health conditions associated with the parasitic bugs.

Ticks can harbor dangerous bacteria that can be transmitted to you or your dog. In a survey of thirteen different species of tick, 23.3 percent of the bugs harbored some sort of infectious bacteria such as Rickettsia, Borrelia, and Ehrlichia. Most of the bacteria found was associated with spotted fever.

According to Pet Education, Rocky Mountain spotted fever is the most common variety, and can be found throughout the country. Both humans and dogs can fall victim to this ailment.

Be sure to conduct a throughout tick check whenever adventuring outdoors, and use Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Topical Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs and Puppies to protect your pooch. Any risks associated with unwanted bugs such as dangerous diseases or health complications can be minimized with the right plan of attack.

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