After the tick has been removed, dog owners should watch their pets for any changes in behavior or unusual physical reactions. Lyme disease, the most common illness carried by ticks, can lead to symptoms such as a rash around the area, fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, swelling joints and temporary paralysis of parts of the body, according to Dr. Herold.
Similar symptoms are present with Rocky Mountain spotted fever, with the addition of vomiting, coughing, difficulty breathing, pale gums, bruising and nosebleeds.
If you notice your pet showing signs of any of these symptoms, immediately head over to your primary or emergency veterinarian for evaluation and treatment. (And don’t forget to bring that tick!)