Q. My fur baby had a tick on her, it had gotten large, I removed it but I now notice a hard lump, rather large on a Yorkie. Any concerns?
A. A tick bite may result in local inflammation and irritation. After a tick feed and drops off or is removed, it is common to see a granuloma at the site. This firm lump will usually resolve on it own. Ticks need to be attached and feeding for a minimum of 24 hours to transmit some diseases, longer attachment is required for others. You won't be able to test for Lyme disease for a few weeks when the antibodies will be at detectable levels. Monitor for lethargy, lameness, swollen or painful joints, loss of appetite or a change in thirst and urination. Discuss the use of a topical preventative with your veterinarian.
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.
A. Yes, I'd be concerned that maybe part of the tick got left behind, and the area is getting inflamed and possibly infected as a result. Unfortunately I don't know where you live but depending on the area there are some serious infectious diseases that ticks can carry (Lyme disease for one) so I'd encourage you to talk to your vet about exactly what steps to take at this point.