Map of ticks and diseases — dogs and ticks

You might be surprised by some of the places ticks have been found on dogs.
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There’s no doubt about it, are nasty little buggers. Any creature that attaches itself to your and sucks your blood is high on the list of things you want to avoid. Worse yet, ticks present a health risk for both dogs and humans. They can transmit a number of diseases, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, , and — in the case of the female wood tick — something called tick paralysis.
In this article, learn about 12 of the best natural ways to prevent or get rid of ticks on dogs.
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If possible, avoid allowing your dog to roam in tick-infested environments where Lyme disease is common. Check your dog’s coat and skin daily and . Your veterinarian can also recommend a variety of sprays, collars, and spot-on topical products that kill and repel ticks. Such products should be used under a veterinarian's supervision and according to the label's directions. Lyme vaccines are available, but their use is somewhat controversial. Talk to your veterinarian to see if Lyme vaccination is right for your dog. If not prevented or treated, fleas and ticks can cause a variety of potential health issues for dogs, including:
Photo provided by FlickrIf not prevented or treated, fleas and ticks can cause a variety of potential health issues for dogs, including:
Photo provided by FlickrHutchinson says that some of his patients use cedar oil to repel fleas and ticks from their pets, mostly their dogs.
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Use the tool below to generate a map of your home area to see the number of reported positive cases of , , and heartworm disease in dogs. Maps are available for all regions of the United States and Canada. Because so many dogs go untested for tick-borne diseases, the actual number of dogs infected by ticks is likely many times higher than reported figures.Ticks can be an unavoidable part of the spring and summer months for many dogs and their owners. The staff at has a lot of experience with ticks, both from our customers and our own dogs. Here is how to safely identify and remove them, as well as some tips on how to avoid them in the future.Ticks are common parasites that can be found anywhere, from the deep woods to urban parks. And each year, thousands of dogs become infected with serious diseases transmitted by a number of different . Diseases like , , .Check your dog for ticks every day, especially during tick season: spring, summer and fall, or year-round in warmer climates. Brush your fingers through their fur applying enough pressure to feel any small bumps. Be sure to check between your dog’s toes, behind ears, under armpits and around the tail and head, too. If you do feel a bump, pull the fur apart to see what’s there. A tick that has embedded itself in your dog will vary in size, something from the size of a pinhead to a grape depending on how long its been attached. Ticks are usually black or dark brown in color but will turn a grayish-white after feeding in what’s referred to as an engorged state.Ticks, the tiny, eight-legged menace to your dog, have the potential to transmit and other illnesses to both humans and animals. Here’s how to know if your dog has them. Check for ticks should be part of your daily routine especially if you live near wooded areas, marshes, thick brush or regularly hike or camp in those areas. Simply rub your hands along your dog’s body feeling for bumps and separate the fur to look for the tiny bugs. Be sure to check not only the torso, but also inside and behind your dog’s ears, face, neck, behind the legs and between their toes.Protecting your dog from harmful fleas and ticks has never been so easy! NexGard is a brand new, revolutionary flea and tick preventative from the makers of Frontline®, the #1 choice of veterinarians. It's the first flea and tick killer of its kind because it comes in a yummy, beef-flavored soft chew that protects your dog from a flea and tick infestation for a full 30 days. That means, you don't have to worry anymore about messy topicals, or accidentally washing your dog's preventative off while bathing! Also, it can be taken alongside your dog's heartworm medication, without interruption. NexGard keeps your pet protected from adult fleas by killing them before they have a chance to lay eggs, which reduces the possibility of a flea infestation. Plus, it kills 3 types of ticks (the American dog tick, the black-legged (Deer) tick and the Lone Star tick) which decreases the risk of your pet developing a deadly tick-borne disease. NexGard requires a prescription from your veterinarian.