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WHAT KIND OF TICK IS THIS?

Posted by Brendan on August 22, 2016

WHAT KIND OF TICK WAS SUCKING AWAY AT MY POOR POOCH!?


I was driving home after a long day at work, when I received a frantic call from my girlfriend. "You have to come over RIGHT now, Max has a huge tick on him and I can't do it myself it's too gross!" I asked her what kind it was and she simply said, "How should I know". I tell her "I'm on my way", then I start to ponder.


I start thinking of the various kinds of ticks we have in Connecticut, and which ones carry disease and what disease they carry. Of course the first we all think of is Lyme Disease (cross your paws Max) which is probably the most known. But there are many tick-borne illnesses, they are caused by infection with a variety of pathogens, types of bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. Because ticks can harbor more than one disease-causing agent, you can be infected with more than one pathogen at the same time. Major tick-borne diseases include Lyme disease, Q fever, Colorado tick fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, African tick bite fever, Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever, tularemia, tick-borne relapsing fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and tick-borne meningoencephalitis, as well as bovine anaplasmosis (not looking good for my poor pup).


I arrive at the house 35 minutes later and am greeted by the happiest, floppy eared puppy in the known universe. Oblivious to the fact that he has a blood sucking monster attached to his face. We give him a treat to distract him then I go to work. Fully gloved and some 99% alcohol in a cap waiting, I patiently spread his golden fur to reveal count tickula. I was able to remove the fully engorged monstrosity rather easily and intact. I then dropped him in the cap and took a picture.


So, what kind of tick was it?    You tell me ;)

 

 

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