Oh Dog! I have a guest that has some important information to share with you today about ticks and the diseases they carry. Pippa says he was a streetdog in Spain before he found his people, and now spends his time between Gibraltar and his Spanish finca. He likes to chase cats, eat toast, lie on his sofa in his Gib kennel flat, and lie in the sun by the gate at his Spanish finca. He has a pretty laid back life now after scavenging on the streets for some time years ago.
How about it everybody, give it up for Pippa at Pippadogblog!
Rumpy: Thanks so much for being my guest today and for talking to us about tick diseases. So Pippa, tell me what happened to you.
Pippa: Well, I was feeling pretty under the weather. I didn’t do boundaround for my food, and I struggled to get on and off my sofa sometimes. I didn’t want to walk very far. My people thought perhaps I was older than I was, because I don’t remember how old I was when I found them, and they thought I was just slowing down a bit.
Rumpy: Oh Dog! That’s horrible!
Pippa: One day, I crumpled up as we were going out for my morning walk. Master quickly brought the vehicle around to my kennelflat and we shot off to see our super vet, Pedro.
Rumpy: *chews nails* And?????
Pippa: He had to take blood to send off for tests and when the results came back I had very high levels of canine erlichiosis, that’s tick disease. (read more of Pippa’s story here).
Rumpy: That must have been very scary! So what do you want folks to know about tick diseases?
Pippa: There are lots of tick-borne diseases, and even humans get them too, and it makes them very poorly as well.
It’s important to know to get rid of the ticks, and prevent them attaching themselves wherever possible, but it is just as important to know what symptoms to look out for. We didn’t. But now we do, and Misery Mistress has written an encyclopedia on it for anyone who wants to learn more (At roughseasinthemed).
Rumpy: I read that post and it has some great info about tick diseases. So, anything else you want folks to know Pippa?
Pippa: If there are ticks where you live, or even where you go on holiday, make sure you know what the symptoms of the different tick diseases are. It may not show itself for some time, and it can be treated, but it’s much better if you catch it early, because ticks can kill dogs and people.
Rumpy: Great advice Pippa. It’s also important to use preventatives that are safe for you and effective in killing ticks. Your vet will have information about the latest medications available. And, there are also natural ways to combat ticks for those of you who don’t like to use too many chemicals.
Pippa: Happy ending note? I am fine now, and I have put on lots of weight so that I can hardly get into my harness but I am NOT fat!
Rumpy: Pawsome! Now, one more question for fun. If you was a dinosaur, what kind would you be?
Pippa: A Pippasaurus Cazagatas (Spanish for cathunters – Buffy is Cazavampiras in Spanish)
Rumpy: *yells* Oh June Buggie! Oh, I mean, Thanks so much for being my guest today Pippa, and for sharing with us some timely information, especially for this time of year.
Pippa: Thank you for letting me get the message out about how nasty these ticks can really be, and how our people need to keep an eye out for any changes in our health.