The signs of a tick-borne illness can often be overlooked, but quick treatments are the best way to recover from many of these diseases. In this post, we share common symptoms you should look out for in yourself, your loved ones, and also your pets. Plus, we explain what you can do to keep ticks off your property with help from Giroud!
Ticks are Active All Year
While summer is prime time for ticks, these bugs are unfortunately are still active in the Fall and even the winter. According to a recent news article by Jerry Carino, Staff Writer on USA Today’s App.com: “You can get bitten by a tick year-round,” said Patricia Smith, president of the Wall-based Lyme Disease Association. “Unfortunately, now we know the ticks can be active when it’s above freezing.”
Signs of a Tick-Borne Illness
Many people have a tick-borne illness and don’t even realize it! It’s important to know the signs because treatment works best when the illness is identified early. The Centers for Disease Control list 3 main symptoms of these diseases:
- Fever and Chills
- Aches and pains, including headaches and muscle aches
If you have any of these symptoms, consult with your doctor and ask to be tested for tick-borne illnesses.
Signs of a Tick-Borne Illness in Pets
Dogs and other pets can suffer from tick-borne diseases as well. Since our furry friends can’t tell us when they’re feeling sick, it’s important to be on the lookout for any signs of distress. The American Kennel Club’s Canine Health Foundation lists the following symptoms:
- Swollen joints
- Muscle stiffness
- Loss of appetite
There are treatments for your pets if they should become infected by a tick. However, preventative measures, including tick collars and vaccinations are key to keeping your pup happy and healthy. Talk to your vet about options to see what’s best for you.