Ticks are tenacious threats.Five important facts you should know about ticks:
Ticks are dangerous. It’s important to kill ticks on your dog because they can spread many diseases, like Lyme disease, babesiosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, some of which are debilitating or even deadly to you and your dog.1
Ticks work hard. They find hosts through a process called questing.1,2 They climb up tall vegetation, wave their front legs back and forth and, when animals like your dog walk by, they grab hold, latch on and feed.2
Ticks are strong. They secrete a glue-like substance to firmly secure their mouthparts in your dog’s skin.3,4 To remove a tick, wear gloves and use tweezers to grasp it close to your dog’s skin. Extract it using steady rearward pressure.1 Don’t twist, jerk or crush a tick. If you do, you may leave its mouthparts in your dog’s skin, which increases the risk of infection and disease.1
Ticks are active. Ticks latch onto your dog to feed on his blood. Sometimes they detach, search for a new location on your dog and reattach to feed again, eventually settling on a single location for a large blood meal.2
Ticks can make your home their home. Rhipicephalus sanguineus, more commonly known as the brown dog tick, is the most widespread tick in the world.5 It’s also the only species adapted to live and reproduce indoors.2
Talk to your veterinarian about how Credelio® (lotilaner) kills ticks and fleas fast to protect your dog from ticks and fleas all month long.