IT’S A TICK’s WORLD! ANIMALS ARE JUST LIVING IN IT!!!
“Veterinary Practice News” published a great article!! I would like to share their findings!! The TICK probes and penetrates the skin parts-dermis and subdermis- with its mouthparts. The animal fails to respond to the pain, inflammation and injection by the tick because this is blocked bt anesthetic, anti-inflammatory components of the ticks saliva and cement plug. The tick creates and maintains a hemorrhagic (blood) feeding pool. Vasoconstriction of damaged blood vessels, blood clotting, and wound healing of the animal is blocked by the ticks saliva that allows validation, as well as inhibits platelet aggregation and thrombin. The tick can transmit viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and larval helminths. The animal’s adaptive and immune response is suppressed and modulated by salivary components, as well as enabling the pathogen to evade, proliferate, and invade. That is why I ask you as a veterinarian to be proactive regarding preventing ticks on cats and dogs. And that is why I question you about ticks in your area when large animals are presented with variable disease symptoms. You are so right if you quote me : “I HATE TICKS!”