The most common dog tick that dwells on pet dogs is the brown dog tick. This type of tick is reddish-brown in color with elongated body. It is common in many indoor dogs because the brown dog tick prefers warm and dry conditions so it lives on dogs, in kennels and houses, and seldom on wildlife. It is a peculiar specie of ticks because it can complete its life cycle indoor.
Brown dog ticks can increase rapidly if left untreated. After engorging, the female brown tick will fall off from the host; ticks have the tendency to crawl upwards so oftentimes she lays eggs about 1000- 3000 eggs on the cracks and crevices of the walls. After laying eggs, the female tick dies but after 19-60 days, the eggs are hatched into larvae or seed ticks and crawl down to find their host. Larvae and nymphs fasten themselves on the back but adult ticks can be found on the ears and between the toes.
Dogs can get brown dog ticks in three ways.
- If a neighbor dog comes in your yard and ticks drop off from it. Brown dog tick can attach easily anywhere on your dog. Check your dog’s fur for any tick.
- If your pet usually strays on its own, always make sure it’s protected by tick control treatment. Carrying ticks inside the house can be the start of tick problem in the house.
- If your dog is not properly groomed and with long hair, it can be a perfect host for brown dog ticks. The areas which are seldom groomed are warm, and this is where ticks are happy to stay.
Tick-borne diseases can be dangerous to your pet. When affected, dogs may manifest symptoms such as fever and lethargy. Some dog ticks can also cause weakness, joint swelling or anemia. Brown dog tick is associated with diseases that develop in warm locations such as ehrlichiosis which causes fever and lethargy and canine bebesiosis which includes symptoms of fever and loss of appetite. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is linked to brown tick dogs. Tick paralysis happens when a dog has high infestation. Tick paralysis is a temporary condition observed when the dog shows a gradual discomfort in walking or lameness that can result to paralysis. Removing the ticks will make progress on the dog’s health.
How do you get rid of brown dog tick? Total tick control is important to destroy brown dog tick. Apply dust insecticide to the cracks and crevices including the windows and door frames and furniture cracks. Kennels and dog houses should be cleaned and treated; if inside the house, pet beddings should be washed and the entire place vacuumed. Dogs can get brown dog tick from outside so always check if your dog carries any parasite when it comes back from playing outside or straying.
Some products are recommended to eliminate brown dog ticks. Residual insecticides like Bifen IT or Conquer are used for indoor treatment. CB 80 is non-residual and contains pyrethrins which can be used daily in addition to residual sprays in case the tick infestation is bothersome. A good dust insecticide for pet beddings is Drione Dust. For cracks and crevices, Delta Dust is recommended.
Your dog’s health is your primary concern when ticks begin to live on your pet. Get rid of brown dog tick to keep your pet healthy and pleased.