Ticks: The Problematic Parasite

Facts About Ticks

Ticks are small blood-sucking parasites related to spiders. Anyone who spends time in the great outdoors knows about the threat of disease-carrying ticks to dogs and their owners.

Quick tick facts:

  • Ticks wait in the brush or tall grass for a host to latch onto. Once attached they can go unnoticed for several days.
  • After feeding, an engorged female falls off to lay 3,000-6,000 eggs!
  • Ticks can be transported to residential areas by mammals like raccoons, squirrels, deer or mice.
  • Severe tick infestations can cause anemia, weight loss, paralysis and even death.
  • Ticks are found in every state in the United States.

Finding and Removing Ticks

To prevent serious tick issues, always check your dog and yourself for ticks when you return from areas with long grass, forests and shrubs. Remember that ticks can be as small as a pencil point or as large as a bean.

If you find a tick attached to your pet's skin, don't panic. Although it doesn't necessarily mean disease, it is important to remove the tick properly. All parts of the tick need to be removed to avoid risk of infection. If you have never removed a tick properly, or you tear the tick during removal, visit your veterinary clinic for help.

How to Remove Ticks from Dogs

Tick Identifier

Ticks can vary by state and region. If you've found a tick recently, or just want to know what species are in your area, our Tick Identifier can help.

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