Human Lyme Disease Symptoms and Canine Lyme Disease
Tick bite symptoms can run a range from none at all to quite severe.
Most people do not have an actual reaction to a tick bite, other than some possible itching and a red mark where the bite was located.
There are a few people though that can be allergic to a tick's bite and could experience a rash, numbness, or nausea.
In the case of a severe allergic reaction, such as shortness of breath, a trip to the Emergency Room is warranted.
A developing rash that resembles a bullseye after a tick bite occurrence, can be one of many Lyme Disease symptoms, but unfortunately, not everyone will get this tell-tale sign.
If you do develop this bullseye rash, your doctor will want to see it and will probably put you on antibiotics for a couple of weeks.
Other Lyme Disease symptoms can include fever, chills, headache or body aches. However, these symptoms may not appear for several weeks after you have been bitten, so you may not connect them to the actual tick bite.
Other tick bite symptoms, not related to Lyme Disease are still similar and may include all of the above mentioned, plus muscle aches and diarrhea.
Canine Lyme Disease is not the only disease your Chihuahua can get from ticks.
He can also contract Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, plus a couple of other diseases.
These signs can take several months to show up and only a vet can verify if he has contracted any of the possible diseases.
Signs may include swollen joints, stiffness when walking, fever, weight loss, skin lesions, and runny eyes or nose.
Your vet will need to run tests to determine any tick related diseases and then give the appropriate treatment for your dog.
This is just another reason why your Chihuahua should be treated with a flea and tick preventative.