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Introduction to Ticks

What is a tick?

Ticks are eight-legged parasites that have highly developed mouthparts to pierce through the skin of your pet and feed on their blood.

Can ticks harm my pet?

Ticks become engorged as they feed on a pet’s blood over several days. However, some ticks can transmit disease within just a few hours of feeding. Reduce tick biting by asking your vet for protection that works through contact, no biting required.

What diseases can ticks pass to my dog?

The most common tick-borne diseases include Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

One of the tick-borne diseases most frequently in the news is Lyme disease. This is a bacterial infection transmitted from an infected deer (blacklegged) tick that has attached to a dog (or person) and has had time to start feeding. Symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs may include fever, lethargy and painful joints.

Help protect your pet by reducing tick bites. Ask your vet for a product that works on ticks through contact — not one that can only work after ticks bite and feed on your pet. No Bite Is Right®!

What do I do if my pet is bitten by a tick?

Use tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible. Pull gently and firmly straight upwards to remove the tick. Do not handle the tick with bare hands.

Save the tick in a sealed container for your veterinarian to identify.

Speak to your veterinarian about the health risks from ticks in your area and what you can do to prevent your pet from being bitten again.

How do ticks get on my pet?

Ticks can’t jump or fly, instead they wait in grass, leaf litter or shrubs where they climb on dogs as they walk past. Ticks seek shelter when the temperature is too cold (less than 4°C). However, they contain an anti-freeze that protects them from severe temperatures. Once conditions are right, they will be laying in wait, hungry to feed on your pet!

Are ticks increasing in my area?

Due to changes in climate and the spread of tick hosts and carriers (mice, raccoons, deer and migratory birds), ticks are definitely spreading in Canada and are increasing in numbers.