Ticks pose a threat of disease to dogs. Discover more about ticks and how to treat them.
What are ticks?
Although ticks are commonly thought of as insects, they are actually arachnids similar to scorpions, spiders, and mites. All ticks have four pairs of legs (eight legs in total) as adults and have no antennae. Adult insects, by comparison, have three pairs of legs (six legs) and one pair of antennae. Ticks are parasites that feed on the blood of their host, which can be an animal or a human.
“Ticks are efficient carriers of disease.”
Ticks are efficient carriers of disease because they attach firmly when sucking blood, feed slowly and may go unnoticed for a considerable time while feeding. Ticks take several days to complete feeding.
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