This quick article answers the question of where dog ticks live and where they come from.
So, if you have a dog that has been attacked by ticks you will enjoy reading this guide as we will also share some tips on how to get rid of ticks from your dog.
Where Do Dog Ticks Come From?
Dogs usually carry ticks from outside when we are walking them or just hanging out with our four-legged friend. And as mentioned earlier, ticks mostly favor humid and moist conditions and areas with these type of conditions are mostly wooded and grassy.
So we can basically say that dog ticks come from areas like lawns, parks and forests.
But since we can find grassy and wooded areas almost everywhere the best way to avoid ticks on your dogs is to give them a good bath once in a while.
You should however bath your dogs frequently if you get out with them often.
What Are Dog Ticks?
Ticks are blood-sucking parasites that attach themselves to people and animals. Once they have attached themselves to any host, ticks usually feed for days until they drop off once they are full.
The downside of ticks is that they do not only feed on the host but they also transmit small organisms called microbes which can cause serious diseases to the host.
Some of the dog diseases caused by ticks are lyme disease and babesiosis.
Lyme disease is an infection from bacteria and can be treated with antibiotics.Symptoms may include a loss of appetite, depression, fever, swollen and painful joints etc.
Babesiosis on the other hand is caused by the babesia bacterium and symptoms of the disease can include a yellowish skin.
Once these symptoms are observed it is greatly advised that you visit your vet asap.
However, ticks do not transmit these diseases after a short period of attachment and that is why it is strongly encouraged to remove any ticks from your dog once you find them.
The next section deals with where dog ticks live and where they come from so that you can have a clear understanding about where to find them and how to prevent them from attacking your dog.
Where Do Dog Ticks Live?
Contrary to what you might be thinking, ticks do not actually live on dogs or their hosts. A tick only attaches itself to their hosts and de-attaches itself to return to its actual habitation after some good blood sucking.
Dog ticks can be found in very moist and humid areas but it is greatly believed that they favor outdoor areas where it is wooded and grassy.
That is probably the main reason why dogs that go outdoors a lot tend to carry more ticks than other dogs which typically stay indoors.
But it is also important to note that the tick which mostly attack dogs i.e the Rhipicephalus sanguineus or simply the brown dog tick can lay its eggs indoors so it is of utmost importance to always keep your house super clean if you have a dog around.
So, in summary dog ticks do not live on their host but they live in areas of moist and humid conditions
The brown dog tick only attaches itself to dogs for feeding but the period of feeding can be very long; lasting many days.
Where To Find Ticks On Dogs?
Ticks are blood-sucking parasites so it is fair to say that you can definitely find them anywhere where there is blood but this is just general knowledge and it may not help in any way.
So, the most subtle explanation on where to find ticks on dogs would be that the Rhipicephalus sanguines is mostly attracted to dark and moist areas of the body.
These are areas where you are most likely to find a lot of blood flowing and include but not limited to between the toes, elbow, under the front legs, under the tail, under the collar and inside the groin area.
Petmed.com has a great image illustration on the areas that you are most likely to find ticks on your dog which we have provided below:
Infographic by petMD.com
Diagnosis of ticks in dogs is mostly by checking tick bites on the dog or seeing the tick attached to the dog.
Ticks that appear flat indicates that they have only been attached to the dog for a short period of time and if they have a rounded shape and looks big then they have been on the dog for many days.
Ticks should be removed as soon as you find them to minimize the risk of disease on your dog but if the dog has been severely attacked by ticks we strongly advise you to visit your nearest vet for removal.
Do not try to remove them yourself as they might have internally affected your dog. Your vet will help you with testing for any disease plus give the dog suitable treatment when necessary.
There you have it, a quick article explaining where dog ticks live, where they come from and where to find them.
And since we know how dog ticks can be dangerous for dogs and humans we strongly advice you to remove ticks as soon as you find them on your dog and visit your local vet if possible.