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Dogs, Ticks and Tick-Borne Parasites

Reviewed by Dr. Robert M. DuFort, DVM, DACVIM on Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Posted March 28, 2014 in Dog Diseases & Conditions A-Z

Ticks are more than just creepy; they can spread a number of different diseases that affect both pets and people. Ticks can transmit Lyme disease, Ehrlichia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, anaplasmosis, tularemia, and babesia. So what can you do to protect your pets and your family from tick-borne diseases? Find out below, then learn more about parasite screening and prevention at our parasite prevention and screening campaign


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Can My Dog Get Diseases or Parasites From Ticks?

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What Ticks Are In My Area?

Throughout the United States and Canada, there are a number of ticks that carry a number of serious diseases. And some ticks are known to carry more than one of these diseases, which can complicate treatment and lead to greater health risks. Learn about the most common ticks and where they live on our sister site,, then check out these articles:

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Prevalence Map: Which Diseases Are In My Area?

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