Dog ticks are an oversized version of fleas. Preventing dog ticks is very important. Ticks are a form of a mite and although the majority of mites are harmless, the ones on your dog are parasitic. They live on your poor pet as a parasite and they feed on its blood. There are many other health related concerns that should be taken into account when dealing with ticks. First, you should be warned that they spread many diseases, just like fleas. Some of them are Lyme disease which causes fever, depression, and skin rashes. These rashes if not treated with medicine can spread to the nervous system and other vital organs.
Q-fever and other fever-related diseases are also the result of ticks. If your dog or cat is either young or very elderly, it can die from anaemia as a result of blood loss due to ticks.
The majority of ticks are actually found in forests and woods which are abundant with large animals, preferably deer. If your dog gets regular walks in a forest or woods, where there may be deer or other large animals present, he can catch ticks. He must though come in contact with a contaminated source of ticks. They simply do not fly or jump across distances. Perhaps a deer was walking through the woods and scratched itself against a tree. Then your dog smelled the deer’s scent and started sniffing around a tree. The ticks would crawl up his nose and onto his back mistaking him for a deer and sucking his blood.
They are visible with the human eye, but are not bigger than a few grains of sand. They are various colours although the majority tend to be greyish. They may resemble other insects, especially spiders, due to their 8 legs. But they are not spiders. Spiders are not parasitic and do not suck blood. Some ticks are so harsh in nature that they release chemicals to create lethargy inside your dog. They do this to numb out and paralyze the animal so it cannot remove the parasite. They render it unable so they can happily live ever after.
In order to reduce the chance of your dog getting ticks, you should take part in regular grooming and brushing of its coat. This will increase the chance that you will actually find ticks before they become problematic. You should also prevent any straying of your dog especially in woods and forests.