Jaylin asked in PetsDogs · 7 years ago

what type of tick is this?

I found a black tick with white or cream lines on my dog. What type is it?

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  • 7 years ago
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    American dog tick


    Dermacentor variabilis, also known as the American dog tick or Wood tick, is a species of tick that is known to carry bacteria responsible for several diseases in humans, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia The American Dog Tick is the largest of the eastern wood ticks, and the one you are most likely to see. Ticks are arachnids and, like their spider cousins, have eight legs.

    If you do spot a tick, remove it immediately by treating the area with rubbing alcohol and plucking the parasite with tweezers. It is important to be careful when removing the tick, however, as any contact with the tick’s blood can potentially transmit infection to your cat or even to you. Please also note that just pulling the tick off may leave the biting head or other body parts still imbedded in your cat’s skin. And throwing a tick in the trash or flushing it down the toilet will not kill it. Instead, drop the tick in a jar of alcohol to prevent it from reattaching itself to your pet.

    Many of the same products on the market that treat fleas also kill ticks and protect against future infestation. These topical treatments are especially recommended for cats who live in areas with high tick populations. Speak to your vet to select the correct product, and remember that some treatments that are safe for dogs can be toxic to cats.

    Of course, the best way to reduce your cat’s risk of exposure is to keep him indoors. Indoor cats live much longer than outdoor cats, and are less likely to catch infectious diseases or experience ugly run-ins with wildlife, fleas and ticks. If your kitty insists on some fresh air, be sure to install a safe and secure enclosure in your backyard. In fact, the key to any successful tick control program lies, literally, in your own backyard. Ensure a tick-free lawn by mowing it regularly, removing tall weeds and making it inhospitable to other common tick hosts, including rodents, by keeping garbage covered and inaccessible.

    Take your dog to a vet so they can wash him with a Special soap that removes and kills all ticks.

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