Ticks are bad new because they may transmit diseases and even cause anemia or paralysis to your pet. They are parasitic arthropods that feed on the blood of their hosts. Seek out mammals because they are attracted to motion and warmth. These tiny creature tend to hide out in tall grass or plants in wooded areas. It attaches its mouth parts into the skin and begins the blood meal. It does not detach until its meal is complete which could be several hours to even days depending on the type of tick.
Most of the species of ticks go through four life stages-eggs, larvae, nymphs and adults. All except for the eggs attach to host for a blood meal in order to mature. Depending on species, the life span of the tick can be several months to years and one adult female can lay hundreds to thousands of eggs at a time. Below is a list of ticks that are most common to North America.
- Deer tick
- Brown dog tick
- Lone star tick
- American dog tic
- Lyme disease
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever
(see article The dangers of ticks to you and your dog by Jenna Stregowski, RVT at about.com dogs)
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