How to prevent ticks on dogs | Tick Control Fairfield

How to prevent ticks on dogs | Tick Control Fairfield - Ticks are small, black parasites that can cause a dog to have both mild and severe health problems if they manage to take hold of your dog's skin. It is important for dog owners to learn all about ticks, how they may affect their dog, and how dog owners can prevent tick infestation. This article aims to provide dog owners with clear information about ticks so that they know the facts and reasons why it is so important for every dog owner to educate themselves about these dangerous parasites.


How to prevent ticks on dogs | Tick Control Fairfield

What do ticks look like?


Adult ticks generally measure between 1/16" and ¼" long (3mm -6mm), but maybe larger or smaller depending on the tick species and phase of life. Adult ticks have eight legs, and unlike fleas, their mouth-parts are adapted to feeding on the blood of mammals and birds.


Did a tick cause a disease?


Ticks are vectors of disease. They generally need to spend at least 24 hours attached to a dog before they can transmit disease-causing organisms. Ticks feed by inserting into the skin of a dog and sucking out blood – ticks generally take between 3 – 5 days to engorge themselves with blood.


Tick saliva passes the disease along to your dog. It may also irritate the dog's skin that including mild dermatitis or inflammation around where the tick has inserted its mouthpart; this may cause itching which makes your dog want to scratch off or bite at his tick parasite. Such agitation, however, is usually insufficient to cause ticks to detach from their dog host.


Where are ticks likely to be found?


Most tick species are found in low-lying scrubby areas, reeds, and long grasses where there is moist soil suited to egg-laying. Ticks may be present throughout the year depending on climate conditions – warm temperatures and humid climates can facilitate tick activity all year round, whereas cold or dry weather drives ticks into dormancy until better weather returns.


Ticks seek out sheltered spots on dogs to attach themselves for feeding – armpits, ears, anus, between toes, are common tick hiding places. To prevent tick infestation it is important to check your dog thoroughly looking for small black dots which indicate a tick has attached to your dog's skin.


What dangers do ticks pose?


Ticks can spread tick-borne diseases by feeding on blood from your dog and passing various tick pathogens into the dog's bloodstream. Once inside your dog, these tick species can infect all major organs of the body including the heart, lungs, and brain which may lead to serious illness or even death.


Some ticks are also capable of resulting in paral