Carriers of Serious Disease

Ticks are a parasitic arachnid, in the same phylum as spiders, scorpions, and mites. They feed on the host’s blood with a specially formed mouth piece that is burrowed under the skin and anchored with barbs.

Ticks may take several days to complete feeding. They feed slowly and often go unnoticed. Because of this method of feeding, ticks are able to spread disease in both dogs and humans.