1. cat
  2. cat food
  3. cat mate
  4. cat md
  5. cat sip
  6. cat stop
  7. catit
  8. catmouse
  9. catnip & grass
  10. catswell

TICKS: America’s Most Unwanted

Families and communities are seeking information that will lead to the apprehension of these bloodsucking fugitives known to prey on innocent pets.

Ticks attack indoors and out, and may pass from one victim to another, leaving them scratching, biting, shaking their heads (ticks skulk around the ears) and chewing their feet (they lurk between the toes.) They are most conspicuous when engorged with the blood of your pet and grow in appearance from a small seed to a bean.

American Dog Tick

Alias: Dermacentor variabilis

Appearance: Adults are 3/16 inch-long and reddish brown with white spots or streaks on their backs; full of blood they look gray.

Known whereabouts: Prevalent east of the Rocky Mountains and in the southern U.S. and commonly found near water and wooded or grassy areas.

Armed and dangerous: This tick, which attacks dogs and humans, can carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever and cause tick bite paralysis in dogs.

Lone Star Tick

Alias: Amblyomma americanum a.k.a. Seed Tick

Appearance: The adults are 1/8 inch-long, brown or tan with a white spot on the back.

Known whereabouts: Primarily Eastern, Midwestern and Southern states, commonly found in wooded areas along creeks and river bottoms.

Armed and dangerous: Female members of this gang can deposit some 5,000 eggs and adults can transmit bacterial illnesses such as Ehrlichiosis causing flu like symptoms in dogs, cats and humans.

Deer Tick

Alias: Amblyomma americanum a.k.a. Seed Tick

Appearance: Reddish brown with black legs, they are 1/10 inch-long (about the size of a sesame seed).

Known whereabouts: Eastern and Upper Midwestern United States, but can be found as far south as Texas and into Missouri, Kansas, and parts of Oklahoma. It likes the woods where its victims are mice, deer and other mammals.

Armed and dangerous: This tick will attach to dogs, cats and people and can transmit Lyme disease along with other bacterial infections.

Brown Dog Tick

Alias: Rhipicephalus sanguineus a.k.a. Kennel Tick or House Tick

Appearance: Red-brown color, elongated body shape about 1/8 inch-long.

Known whereabouts: Can be found throughout the United States, although they are encountered more frequently in the southern tier of states. They hide out in warm, dry indoor spaces.

Armed and dangerous: This tick can transmit bacterial infections and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever) to dogs, and rarely to humans.

WARNING: If you encounter a tick, proceed with caution. They burrow under the skin with their head, so arm your self with pointed tweezers. Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull it out gently so the head does not detach, releasing pathogens.

TAKE A BITE OUT OF THEIR CRIMES: Consult with your veterinarian for the most appropriate shampoos, sprays, and medicines to kill ticks and prevent infestations.