What you need to
Know About Ticks
Most people think of Ticks as a nuisance. The truth is that Ticks can be
deadly. They carry disease that can be deadly to both you and your pet. If
there enough Ticks present, they can take so much blood from your pet
that they become anemic.

Here are some facts about the life cycle of Ticks:
Ticks

Ticks are a common parasite that feed on dogs. Tick species are found worldwide
and may infest dogs in very large numbers, especially during certain times of the year.
These blood-sucking parasites are often found in tall grass, where they will attach
themselves to a passing animal. Ticks require physical contact to infest your pet, and
harpoon-like "teeth" allow them to anchor firmly in place while sucking blood from their
animal host.

Ticks also act as vectors of disease. Ticks can carry and spread the organisms that
can cause Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, several types of ehrlichiosis,
and other potentially deadly diseases. A single tick can carry several disease
organisms at the same time.

Risk from biting ticks is increased if:

·        Tick-borne diseases have been diagnosed in your region.

·        You and your pet spend time camping, hiking, or hunting in wooded or
undeveloped areas.

·        You have seen a tick, or previously removed one from your dog.

·        Your dog is exposed to wildlife that are frequent tick hosts (deer, rodents,
raccoons, etc.).

·        Your yard has dense shrubs, tall grass, or leaf litter which serve as common tick
habitats.

·        You take your dog to wooded areas or grassy meadows.

·        Your pet is not on a tick control product.

TICK LIFE CYCLE

1. Eggs - Female lays eggs off host. Eggs hatch to larvae.

2. Biting Larvae - Larvae feed on dogs or small mammals. Larvae leave host and molt
into nymphs.

3. Biting Nymphs - Nymphs feed on dogs or small mammals. Nymphs can transmit
disease-causing organisms as they feed.

4. Biting Adults - Adult ticks feed and mate on the host. Adults can transmit
disease-causing organisms as they feed.
Tick products we carry to
protect your Pet:
When removing a Tick from
your pet, always grasp the Tick
as close to the skin as possible.
Tweezers work quite well for
this.

Grasping the Tick by the body
may force the blood from the
Tick back into your pet,
increasing the risk of infecting
your pet with a deadly disease.

Lyme Disease
To help you protect
your Pet, we have added
information pages.

Topics can be found in
the links below:
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