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Bad News For Dogs: Tick Season

Ticks are common parasites that can be found anywhere in Chicago, from the deep woods to urban parks. And each year, thousands of Chicago dogs become infected with serious diseases transmitted by a number of different ticks. Ticks spread diseases to your dog such as Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and others deadly infections. The symptoms of Lyme Disease in your or your dog could be:

General Problms: Unexplained fevers (off & on), chills, sweats, weight change
(loss or gain), fatigue, tiredness, hair loss, swollen glands, sore throat,
difficulty swallowing, swelling around the eyes.

Heart and Lung Problems: Chest pain or rib soreness, shortness of breath,
heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block, heart murmur or valve prolapse.

Digestive Problems: Nausea or vomiting, difficulty eating, change in bowel function.
Constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, abdominal cramping, irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction, cystitis.

Bone and Joint Problems: joint/muscle pain in feet, swelling in toes, balls of feet, ankle pain, burning in feet, shin splints, joint pain and/or swelling, stiffness of the joints, neck or back,
muscle pain or cramps that may migrate, neck creaks and cracks, neck stiffness.

Nerve Problems: Twitching of the face, eyelids or other muscles, headache,
tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, dizziness, poor balance, increased motion sickness, light-headedness, wooziness, difficulty walking, tremor, confusion, forgetfulness, poor short term memory, disorientation (getting lost, going to wrong place), increased
sensitivity to light or sound, buzzing or ringing in ears, ear pain, deafness.

Behavior Problems: mood swings, violent outbursts, irritability, depression, disturbed sleep (too much or too little, early awakening), personality changes, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), paranoia, panic anxiety attacks, hallucinations.