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Here’s how to easily identify tick bites on dogs:
1. The site of a tick bite on a dog will have a small red bump like a mosquito bite.
2. Tick bites should not make your dog itch.
3. Tick bites on your dog will go away on their own in a few days. But, there’s still the risk of infection, even if your dog takes preventative tick medication and you’ve completely removed the tick.
What are signs of infection from tick bites on a dog?
- Your dog is scratching the old tick bite wound
- Worsening or continued redness at the site of the tick bite
- Weeping or oozing around the tick bite wound
Ticks can spread diseases to your dog that vary in severity, such as:
These diseases can be prevented with preventative tick medication. Talk with your veterinarian for recommendations.
How to identify a tick on a dog
It’s hard to notice a tick on a dog with dark or long fur because ticks are small and dark-colored. Adult ticks are the size of apple seeds, nymph ticks are the size of poppy seeds and larvae are the size of grains of sand. All ticks, no matter what stage in the lifecycle, are some combination of brown, black, and/or tan. Some will also have one or multiple white spots, or white streaks, on their backs.
Although there are 15 species of ticks in the U.S., there are eight that commonly parasitize dogs:
- American Dog Tick
- Brown Dog Tick
- Deer Tick or Black-Legged Tick
- Gulf Coast Tick
- Lone Star Tick
- Rocky Mountain Wood Tick
- Spinose Ear Tick
- Western Black-Legged Tick
For more information about these ticks plus pictures, check out the Companion Animal Parasite Councils (CAPC) list of canine ticks.
Where do you find ticks on a dog?
Check for ticks in your dog’s six “warm” areas: