Tick Identification Guide And Protecting Your Pets

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Last Updated on September 13, 2023 by Lori Geurin

Ticks are interested in your pet, but are you interested in them? You probably know by now that it’s wise to be on the lookout for ticks because they can cause severe illness to both humans and animals. We’re not talking about earning an advanced degree in Tick-ology, but rather a basic understanding of these potentially dangerous, eight-legged pests.

Ignorance about ticks never ends well. With this in mind, the more you know about ticks, the greater chance you have of protecting your pets from tick-borne diseases.

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Tick-Borne Illness Prevention And Pets

Your plan of action:

  • Proper tick identification. The infographic below outlines some of the most common ticks found on pets. The more you know about these bad guys – such as their appearance, feeding habits, biting spots, etc. – the more ready you’ll be to successfully protect your pet.
  • Unique habitat concerns. As we now know, some ticks are more common in certain areas. Depending on where you live, you’ll have to pay closer attention to certain ticks. As of today, ticks carrying Lyme disease have been reported in every state within the United States.

Related: Top 10 Ways To Prevent Lyme Disease (And Other Tick-Borne Diseases)

Tick-borne diseases affect thousands of pets annually in the United States and around the globe. From lethargy to loss of appetite. From joint pain to serious life-threatening symptoms. Tick-borne diseases in the U.S. include some you may have never heard of. (Powasaan, Tularemia, and SFTS)

And those you may be familiar with, including Rocky Mountain, Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, and Babesiosis.

This handy guide is meant to help you in the never-ending battle against ticks. Keep one handy at home, and print another for your camping kit or glove box. Ticks and tick-borne diseases are on the rise.

Stay vigilant and informed, starting with this informative guide from TickZapper®.

Tick Identification Guide

(The guide is no longer available.)

Want to learn more? I created a Lyme resource to help answer your questions. The guide provides you with:

all based on research. Simply click below to check it out.

To learn more about Lyme, read:

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