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Tick disease and control

Published: 04/10/16

 

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 and repels them. If a tick is repelled, it cannot bite and transmit diseases. Two Bayer products, K9 Advantix® II and Seresto®, both kill and repel ticks through contact. No biting required.

 

K9 Advantix II is for use on dogs only. Do not use on cats. Seresto is for both dogs and cats.

 

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

  • Advantage Multi® for Dogs (imidacloprid + moxidectin) packaging

    Advantage Multi® for Dogs (imidacloprid + moxidectin)

    An all-in-one monthly topical that prevents heartworm disease, kills adult fleas and treats roundworms, hookworms and whipworms.

    Advantage Multi® for Dogs (imidacloprid + moxidectin)

    Indicated for:

    HEARTWORMS
    HEARTWORMS
    FLEAS
    FLEAS
    ROUNDWORMS
    ROUNDWORMS
    HOOKWORMS
    HOOKWORMS
    WHIPWORMS
    WHIPWORMS
    SARCOPTIC MANGE
    SARCOPTIC MANGE
    MICROFILARIAE
    MICROFILARIAE

    CAUTION: Federal (U.S.A.) law restricts Advantage Multi® for Dogs (imidacloprid + moxidectin) to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.

  • 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