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Tick – (No) reason to panic?

by veterinary practitioner Katrin Jesionek

Mild temperatures, sunshine, the little legs stretched towards the sky, the little tick, a parasite, suborder bloodsucking mite, sits waiting on its observation post, preferably on grasses or bushes, and that in the meantime from spring to late autumn.

Can see nothing, but with the so-called Haller's organ can smell perfectly resp. scent, especially butyric acid, ammonia, carbon monoxide and the body heat of the future host, which should preferably be at 37 ° C. Once the victim is located, a fraction of a second of body contact is enough to attach, the same is immediately climbed and searched for a suitable, thin-skinned, moist and well-blooded place and stabbed.

Yes you have read correctly, a tick bites and does not bite. It has a scissor-like mouth with which it briefly tears the skin of the host, but then a lance-like proboscis with barbs is used, which digs a pit in the skin of the host.

No reason to panic! The tick secretes a secretion, which numbs the skin so that the host is unaware of all this.

The resulting pit then runs again and again full of blood which is repeatedly sucked off by the tick until it is full. However, this can take some time, because a tick can absorb so much until it has reached 200 times its own body weight. Since the proboscis alone cannot carry this weight, nature has additionally equipped ticks with a kind of glue, which is also called cement. An unattractive idea.

So far so good, because nothing dramatic has happened yet.

Only with the transfer of saliva during the sucking process, diseases can penetrate into the host. This happens when the tick filters only the nutritious components of the blood and the rest, in the worst case together with the pathogens in the intestine of the tick, insofar the carrier of it, back into the host. How quickly this happens after the bite depends on where in the body of the tick the pathogens are located. Therefore, the sooner you remove the tick, the better.

The most feared disease is the FSME!

Early summer meningo encephalitis, caused by viruses that can severely damage the brain and lead to death if unnoticed or untreated. Also here for the time being no reason for panic, since this illness occurs only extremely rarely with dogs. Closely followed by Lyme disease, caused by bacteria called Borrelia, which can also lead to a variety of symptoms if unrecognized or untreated even years after the bite.

By the way, ca. 30-35% of all ticks carriers of Borrelia bacteria.

Less known or at least not yet on everyone's lips are babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, rickettsiosis, anaplasmosis, hepatozoonosis and the Crimean-Congo fever, which is transmitted by a "tropical hunting tick" that has recently arrived in Germany. These are mentioned here only briefly for the sake of completeness.

And? Reason to panic? For the time being not! What can we do now to protect ourselves and our 4-legged friends??

After every walk the dog is thoroughly checked for ticks, which is a matter of course for most people. In addition, the choice of where to walk during peak tick season should also be carefully considered, as ticks prefer certain areas such as damp areas or tall grasses, and you should monitor your dog closely for any changes, such as licking or biting certain areas of the body.

Often dogs indicate that you have contracted a subtenant.

Here is thinking along and cooperation of mistress and master in demand and also the best remedy against ticks can not save you from it. As much as I would have liked to tell you something else.

Well, and this question is often asked me, and also all others who work in animal professions, how is it with the multitude of available on the market, collars, chewing tablets, spot-on preparations or the so-called Repellentien, speak repellents and what has it with the vaccination against Lyme disease in almost every veterinary practice touted on itself?

Which natural alternatives are there and how do they work at all where the pharmaceutical industry vehemently claims that the effect of coconut oil, citronella and Co. is not as good as that of other substances?. Studies have proven. All humbug be?

To what extent does the immune system and general health of the dog affect the attractiveness of the host "dog" to the tick? What happens in the body of our 4-legged friend by the mostly repeated administration of the above mentioned chemical preparations. Does the whole thing actually have more far-reaching consequences, for example, on our entire ecosystem??

To the above-mentioned preparations, whether spot-on, collar, chewable tablet or vaccine is first of all roughly said that they consist of chemical, toxic and synthetic ingredients, which represent accordingly depending on the type and structure of foreign substances. This means, and this point is very important, that they cannot be processed by the body.

In the best case, all foreign substances should be excreted by the liver and kidneys, but unfortunately this is easier said than done.

If an animal is in any way immunodeficient, very young, very old, otherwise ill, or if the organs simply can no longer cope with the discharge due to a large number or excess of such substances, perhaps in direct combination with vaccinations or medications, then we have a reason to panic.

All these non-usable substances remain in our 4-legged friend, are deposited in fat, connective and even nerve tie, and here comes the big one: This is what is wanted!

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Why do you think that after the administration of a spot-on or a chewable tablet a tick first has to bite and then after a more or less short time it falls off dead from its host??

And why do you think that the effect lasts for weeks depending on the preparation, when normally substances that are not needed by the body are excreted within a very short time??

Also the so-called remote sprays do not work differently, because they are also absorbed through the skin and come to effect in the body of the dog. Here the manufacturers promise to keep the ticks away, which may also work more or less well, poison is contained by the way anyway, but if the tick should bite it dies only after absorption of the blood because the active ingredient is also deposited in the body.

Concerning the vaccinations against Lyme disease available at the veterinarian, it should be mentioned that these vaccinations currently form antibodies against only three types of Borrelia, which are suspected to cause Lyme disease in dogs. Only dogs that have not already been bitten by an infected tick can be protected. Since the topic of vaccinations and their effects on the dog's body is very extensive, there will soon be a separate article on this topic.

With the knowledge from the preceding paragraphs like and when a tick transmits diseases now only a logical realization remains:

Generally we cannot protect our 4-legged friend from it, we can only try to deal with the problem. And that goes also differently than with the generally so-called "chemical bombs.

And how? My answer to this is usually that it is related to the natural defenses, whether external or internal, everyone must find out for themselves and their dog because, it seems to me, not everything helps every dog equally well. But, why is this so?

As mentioned before, it depends on the region you and your dog live in and where you spend your time, go for walks, etc. A city dog certainly has a smaller tick problem than the country dog. An internally and externally healthy dog with a strong immune system is better off than an immunocompromised dog, especially if Borrelia has actually been transmitted.

You are probably wondering now how a tick can tell the difference between. That is not possible, is it?? The answer here is quite clear: Yes, it is possible!

As mentioned at the beginning the tick is attracted by butyric acid, ammonia and carbon monoxide, means the tick "likes" smells. Therefore, a dog that smells is often more attractive to ticks than one that doesn't. However, we can strongly influence this, z.B. over the feeding. As with us humans, the skin shows what we ingest, whether food, medicines or harmful environmental influences such as exhaust fumes.

And also a metabolism that is no longer intact, as is often the case with older or sick dogs, or an imbalance in the hormone balance can lead to odors. So if your dog has an unpleasant smell, greasy or extremely dry fur, or even constant shedding, if not breed related, and is also extremely attractive to ticks and other parasites, I strongly recommend that you get this checked out.

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