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Signs of a Tick-Borne Illness

Signs of a Tick-Borne Illness

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
  • Fatigue
  • Rash

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
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting

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.

dog with tick-borne illness

The Story of One Dog’s Mystery Illness

Meet Peanut Butter, a happy little pup from Horsham, PA. Peanut Butter’s dog mom, Vicki, noticed that he was rapidly losing weight and becoming sleepy and sluggish. He is a senior dog, so Vicki thought maybe he was slowing down in his old age. But when his symptoms increased, she became worried and took him for a checkup.

She was shocked to learn that Peanut Butter was actually infected with “Ehrlichiosis”, a tick-borne illness of dogs, usually carried by the brown dog tick! Thankfully, Peanut Butter was able to be treated with a round of some pretty heavy antibiotics, but the vet who treated him said he was one sick pup!

Peanut Butter spends a lot of time running around in his own backyard, but ticks are found just about anywhere, not just in wooded areas! Giroud offers both Traditional and Organic Mosquito and Tick Control. Additionally, regular pruning and cleaning up your yard will prevent ticks and other disease-carrying insects from congregating on your property.

To Learn More, read How to Protect Pets from Ticks in Fall and Winter.

Protecting Your Property

You need to make sure your yard and outdoor spaces are safe for you, your family, and your pets. Giroud offers a variety of control treatments to protect pets from ticks, including:


Want to get rid of ticks in your yard? Your Giroud ISA Certified Arborist will be happy to do a free tick risk assessment.

Author: Jeanne Hafner

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