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I agree with Jenn. I'm not at all convinced that this mark is a "Lyme bullseye rash". Tick bites are VERY irritating, and it's not at all uncommon to see (and be able to FEEL for quite some time!) a tick bite, even if it's not Lyme or otherwise infected.
As Jenn said, I'd keep an eye out for her not feeling well, any limping, or any fever, but otherwise, wouldn't worry unduly. Only certain types of ticks carry Lyme, and even then, not all ticks do.
Unfortunately, ticks are a fack of life if you live in any parts of the country that aren't VERY dry, and dogs get bitten. It just happens, no matter how much we wish it wouldn't. Kodi has Advatix on him, and i pulled off 3 ticks in one day last week. It REALLY irritates me, because he reacts very badly to the bites themselves, without any disease involved.
The best we can do is use preventatives (check with your vet to see what's most appropriate in your area... In some areas one may be better than another) and MOST important groom your dog THOROUGHLY and DAILY so that you can find and remove any ticks as soon as possible. The longer they are attached, the more chance there is of infection. If theya re not highly engorged, there is a good chance they haven't been attached for long enough to pass on disease.
The other thing that EVERYONE who lives in areas where tick borne diseases are prevalent (not just Lyme... There are several) should do, is ask their vet to do a titer for the most common tick borne diseases at least annually. If a high titer shows up, you can treat before there are actual disease symptoms or long-term damage.
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