This page of tick bite photos will allow you to identify whether you have been bitten by a tick and possibly contracted Lyme disease.
It is important to note however, that dog ticks will not spread Lyme disease, since it is only the deer tick that will do so. Dog ticks however, may spread Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia.
Should you believe that you have been bitten by a tick, it is important that you seek medical assistance, since although it is rarely fatal, it can be debilitating, and must be treated with antibiotics. (Due to Lyme disease symptoms resembling the flu, it is estimated that nine out of ten cases are not reported.)
The first indication of Lyme’s disease is sometimes a rash, called erythema migrans, in the shape of a bull’s eye where the tick was attached three to thirty days after the bite, as this picture shows. It is possible to develop several of these rashes as the bacteria multiplies in the blood stream.
This picture of dog tick clearly shows the four pairs of legs characterizing them as arachnids, as opposed to three pairs of legs and a pair of antennae which would make them insects. Although flat in this image, an engorged tick (one which is full of blood) will grow in size and to what can only be compared to a grey or green “blob”.
These pictures of tick bites show the tick embedded and feeding. In this picture, it is embedded into human skin and engorging itself on human blood. You can see that the tick is already growing in size.
This picture of a tick shows a tick feeding off a dog, and demonstrates the importance of checking your Chihuahua’s fur thoroughly, since it may be difficult to see a tick with the naked eye.
An engorged tick after having fed.
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