Spotting Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Image of dogs trees and tick

What is it?

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) is a disease that can infect humans and dogs. In the US, it is most frequently transmitted by Rocky Mountain wood ticks and American dog ticks. Most infections occur between March and October.

What are symptoms in dogs?


Tick Paralysis

Two Missoula, MT dogs wondering about ticks and tick paralysis.

What is tick paralysis?
Tick paralysis involves rapid motor paralysis caused by toxins in a tick’s saliva.

What symptoms should I be on the lookout for?
In dogs, tick paralysis most commonly presents as the sudden onset of leg weakness, changes in coordination, or difficulty breathing. Other symptoms may include changes in voice, gagging, or pupil dilation.