Ticks in dogs
Ticks are a plague to many animals and people, dogs included. The sneaky thing about these parasites is that they can crawl onto dogs unseen in order to suck blood. Ticks cause itching and skin irritation, but can also spread diseases such as Lyme disease.
How and when can ticks latch on to the dog?
It is often thought that ticks can only be found in the forest, but they are actually present almost everywhere, even in your garden. They are mostly located in tall grass, on certain plants and on dead leaves. Even though they cannot jump, the ticks will wait for passers-by to latch on and start eating.
They are most active from March to October. However, they become active from temperatures of 8 °C and up, which means they can nowadays be found through the entire year.
What do ticks look like?
Ticks look different at every stage. Most people will recognise them once they have filled up on blood on the skin of the dog, as they turn into grey protrusions. However, ticks have various stages and are only full in the final stage. A young tick looks like a spider-like parasite in a black/brown colour. They grow larger as they suck more blood. With dogs, ticks are mostly found in the neck, on the head, in the ears and on the legs.