16. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
The Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever bacteria is carried by ticks. The ticks acquire the bacteria when they feed on wildlife. The rickettsia rickettsii bacteria can make humans very ill. There may be no obvious symptoms in the dog or cat who carries the tick. However, if the tick bites a human, the bacteria can be spread. Symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever include fever, aches, headaches, nausea, and vomiting. Infected persons usually develop a distinctive rash as well. However, not every infected person will develop the rash.
Prompt treatment with antibiotics is needed. Like other tick-borne diseases, the condition progresses rapidly. With no treatment, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever could be fatal. There is a chance of severe inflammation of the brain, heart, or lungs as well as kidney failure. Pet owners should actively prevent their pets from bringing home ticks. When dealing with ticks, wear gloves, and disinfect your hands straight afterward.