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SPECIES

The tick that transmits Lyme disease — Ixodes.

TINY TICK THAT CAUSES BIG PROBLEMS


There are hundreds of species of ticks found throughout the world, but a tick named "Ixodes" (X-oh-dees) is the one that carries the bacteria that cause Lyme disease in dogs and humans.


This tick is called "the deer tick" in the Eastern and Midwestern areas of the United States, and "the black-legged tick" in Western areas.


These ticks are very small (about the size of a sesame seed), and if you've ever checked for ticks on yourself or your dog, you know how difficult it is to find them. They have a sneaky way of hiding in areas of your dog's furry coat that makes them very hard to find during a tick check.


Ticks are a common vector for disease and second only to the mosquito for spreading illness to humans and animals. When dogs have a tick-borne disease, it's not uncommon for them to have multiple infections, such as Lyme disease and anaplasmosis. This is why comprehensive tick control programs are important.

TICK IDENTIFICATION

Adults & nymphs can transmit disease.

*Tick images supplied by Armed Forces Pest Management Board. afpmb.org


These common tick species spread many diseases throughout the US5:


Deer Tick/Black-Legged Tick (Ixodes scapularis)
Lyme disease • Anaplasmosis • Babesiosis

Western Black-Legged Tick (Ixodes pacificus)
Lyme disease • Anaplasmosis

Brown Dog Tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus)
Rocky Mountain spotted fever

American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis)
Rocky Mountain spotted fever • Tularemia

Lone Star Tick (Amblyomma americanum)
Ehrlichiosis • Tularemia • STARI

Gulf Coast Tick (Amblyomma maculatum)
Rickettsiosis

CANINE RISK FACTORS


Learn the facts about how to assess risk by geography and exposure to deer ticks.


PREVENTION


Lyme Disease is largely preventable through tick control and vaccination. Get important details.


CASE STUDIES


Read about real dogs that were diagnosed with Lyme disease.