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Tick disease and control

If you’re going for a hike in the hills, your preparations would probably include tick control for dogs. That’s smart. But the reality is that you should think about tick bites on dogs anytime you venture out.

Where ticks can be found
You and your dog could encounter ticks almost anywhere. While ticks are most frequently encountered outdoors on grass, bushes or shrubs, some can be found indoors. For example, the brown dog tick can be found across the United States hiding in:

  • Cracks and crevices in your home
  • Garages
  • Dog runs

Ticks use an ambush approach
Contrary to popular belief, ticks do not jump or fall out of trees onto animals or people. Instead, they lie in wait on a piece of grass or other plants and use an ambush approach called questing.

Questing Ticks stretch out their forelegs to grab and cling onto passing animals.  •	Most active in spring and summer •	Can even be found on grass or vegetation that peaks above the snow line in winter

Once ticks catch a ride, they will begin to explore your dog's skin for the best place to set up camp and bite your dog. Ticks can suck your dog’s blood for several days before detaching and then possibly laying several thousand eggs back into the environment.

Dog tick diseases
Just one bite from the wrong tick can infect your dog with a variety of diseases:

  • Lyme disease
  • Babesia
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Tick paralysis
  • Anaplasmosis

Symptoms of tick disease in dogs
If your dog has been infected by a tick-transmitted disease, you might notice the following tick bite symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Lameness
  • Swollen joints
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Nosebleeds
  • Swollen legs
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Vomiting
  • Red spots on gums

Tick treatment and prevention  
Because avoiding ticks is nearly impossible in the United States, prevention is more effective. We suggest choosing a tick preventive product that kills ticks through contact. No biting required.

Related article: The flea life cycle and how to take control of flea bites

 

Bayer Products

  • Seresto® for large dogs packaging

    Seresto® for dogs

    An easy-to-use, odorless, non-greasy collar that kills and repels fleas and ticks for 8 months.

    Seresto® for dogs

    Indicated for:

    FLEAS
    FLEAS
    TICKS
    TICKS
    CHEWING LICE
    CHEWING LICE

  • K9 Advantage® II for extra large dogs and large dogs packing

    K9 Advantix® II

    A once-monthly topical application that kills and repels fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.

    Do not use on Cats.

    K9 Advantix® II

    Indicated for:

    FLEAS
    FLEAS
    TICKS
    TICKS
    MOSQUITOES
    MOSQUITOES
    BITING FLIES
    BITING FLIES
    CHEWING LICE
    CHEWING LICE

    Do not use on Cats.

  • Advantage® Yard & Premise Spray.

    Advantage® Yard & Premise Spray

    Kill insects, fleas and ticks around the perimeter of your home.

    Not for use on pets. Use as directed.

    Advantage® Yard & Premise Spray

    Indicated for:

    FLEAS
    FLEAS
    TICKS
    TICKS