Ticks can become a serious health risk to both you and your dog, but by taking some simple steps to treat and prevent you can easily minimize the problem.

Taking your dog to explore the woodland or other areas that have an abundance of vegetation may be an exciting time for both you and them, but there’s also a good possibility that you’ll come back with some uninvited guests. Ticks are one of the most common types of parasites that infect dogs – and as a result of this, they can often be passed on to humans as well. They typically live on long grass, shrubs or other vegetation where they wait for a suitable warm-blooded creature to come along so they can cling onto them and suck their blood for a period of hours or even several days. When they’ve had their fill, the female tick will drop off and move on to lay anywhere from 2000 to 6000 eggs so the cycle can repeat itself.

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Ticks on dogs can become a serious problem, not just for the discomfort they can cause your dog but for the diseases they can transmit as well as the paralysis toxin certain ticks release when they’re attached to your dog. Some of the diseases they carry also have the ability to infect humans and make them very sick. Two of the more common are Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever within the eastern and central regions of the United States. In a small percentage of cases, paralysis from ticks can also result in fatality. With the correct treatment and by taking adequate prevention measures, however, you can easily minimize these dangers associated with ticks on dogs.

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