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- While ticks themselves cause only mild irritation, they can carry diseases that pose a serious threat to animals and humans.
- Ticks can be prevented by regular use of tick control products.
- Just pulling off a tick can leave body parts attached to your dog. Ask your veterinarian about proper tick removal and tick control.
- Illnesses transmitted by ticks can case fever, anemia, paralysis, lameness, and other symptoms.
- People can not catch Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever from infected dogs, but the same ticks that bite dogs can cause these illnesses and others if they bite humans.
- Adult ticks can live up to 3 years without blood meal.
- Ticks live on three different animals during their life.
- Most ticks spend most of their life OFF the host (animal) in the environment.
- Ticks can't jump and don't "fall from trees" as most people think, but transfer onto hosts when animals or humans walk through long grass, bushes and brush.