dogticks

Identifying Dog Ticks

There is one common species of Dog Tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) in Singapore. Dog Ticks are reddish brown and about 5 mm long. They turn grey and increase to 15 mm in length after a blood meal. Although adult Dog Ticks have 8 legs, their larvae only have 6 legs!

Dog Ticks are disturbing because they suck your dog’s blood and make it lethargic.

 

How do you know you have an infestation?

You will find:

  1. Your pet scratches/licks the same spot repeatedly, especially around the head or hindquarters
  2. Adult Dog Ticks and larvae
  3. Fine black droppings on your pet’s fur

 

What can you do to prevent an infestation?

Regularly bring your dog to a qualified groomer or veterinarian to have them inspected and de-ticked. You may also buy over-the-counter Dog Tick medication and use them as advised in the label. If you have a garden, trim the grass to reduce “resting/waiting posts” for Dog Ticks. Thoroughly wash or dispose of your dog’s bedding once Dog Ticks are suspected.

 

How can we help you?

Dog Ticks are a major problem for most pet owners. Thus, professional help is needed. Our Aardwolf Pestkare Technicians will inspect and vacuum carpets and furniture, before treating with a residual spray. During this treatment, the infested pet has to be sent for a professional de-ticking service.