Ticks on Dogs

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How to Get Rid Ticks on Dogs!

We never want ticks on dogs. There is nothing about a tick that is good news. In fact, it is all bad news. Every single dog owner will agree that they are nothing but bad news for our dogs, other pets, and us. I remember, last summer (summer is when dogs are most susceptible!), finding a tick in my balcony and we went through the process of clearing everything out to make sure there were no ticks in there! Update: It was actually a stink bug!

It is important to remember that ticks and harm and attack your dog during any time of the year and function and thrive in different ways depending on their environment.

There is obviously something gross and icky about ticks but that’s not the only think that makes them bad news. Ticks are known to transmit diseases. They can also cause anemia or even paralysis. This is why, as a human being and as a dog owner, it is important to know the basic rundown on what ticks are, what are the risks of having ticks on your dog, how to remove ticks and how to make sure you can prevent ticks on dogs in the future. With the accurate information, you can protect your little friend and help eliminate the deadly threat of ticks from their lives.

checking for ticks

What are ticks on dogs?

Ticks are tiny creatures. They are known as parasites. A parasite can be a plant or an animal, which feeds on a host (another plant or animal). Ticks are known to be parasitic because they feed on the blood of different animals and people. They need this blood to survive.

Ticks need others to survive because they do not have wings that other arthropods have to fly. They cannot jump anywhere. The only way for them to be able to travel is by walking on the ground and up plants, or is transported by birds and animals. Then they wait for a host (an animal or person) to pass by. When the host comes near, they drop onto it or hook onto it with special hooks on their legs. Some types of tick live in the burrows or nests of animals and birds.

Ugly tick

Since they are so small, it is not easy to recognize ticks. This is why it is important to know what they look like so that you can prevent your dog against them.

Ticks vary in color and in size, depending on the type of tick, whether it is male or female, and whether it is a baby, juvenile or an adult. The tick’s color and size also depends on whether it has fed or not.

There are ticks that are smaller than the other ticks. This is why you need to know that there is more than one kind of tick that can possibly harm you. Many people think of them as being quite big, but this is because they are used to seeing a balloon-like tick on a dog or cat. This is how the nymph ticks (juvenile) or adult ticks look after they have fed for several days and are full of blood. By this time, they look like a pink or blue-black balloon, and often stick out from the pet’s fur.

To learn more about the presence of ticks across the United States, check Sugar the Golden Retriever’s site for a really cool infographic! 

What are the risks of having ticks on dogs?

There are a number of diseases that ticks can transmit to your dog. These diseases include Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and others. Lyme disease can cause arthritic in a dog and make him or her lame. They can cause anemia as well, which is a deficiency of the blood. They have also been known to cause rocky mountain spotted fever.

Ticks do this by sticking their mouthparts into the dog’s skin. They are able to produce a sticky substance that looks like glue and helps them stick and stay on the dog’s body. They will then start to suck on the dog’s blood. They will make it so that the dog’s skin becomes red and irritated. Internally, the dog is losing all it’s nutrition as it will be consumed by the ticks.

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  1. Frankie Furter and Ernie on

    WE hate TICKS…. The only O N L Y good thingy to say about this COLD spring is that it is KEEPING TICKS AWAY.
    We use AdvanTIX to keep them away.

    • We live in the Tennessee, so there are A LOT of ticks out here. We found one on me last year, but it hadn’t yet dug into me. We also found a whole bunch of them on our patio, which completely freaked out the humans. I use AdvanTIX, too 🙂

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