Wood Tick: How To Identify It, Prevention and Solutions

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Mild to severe depending on disease transmission

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Key points

  • Wood ticks are found in wooded areas and long grass
  • They can transmit diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Prompt removal of a tick will help to prevent disease transfer
  • Preventative treatment is recommended to stop your dog from getting ticks in the first place

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What are wood ticks

Your dog is most likely to catch a tick during warm and wet seasons as this is when ticks are most active.

How to identify a wood tick

How does a dog catch ticks?

If your dog gets a wood tick the best thing you can do at home is to safely remove it with a proper tick hook, or a fine pair of tweezers.

Best treatment options

Home remedies & their effectiveness

When to see a vet


Rebecca is a companion animal vet who has always had a passion for writing and client communication. Since her graduation from the Royal Veterinary college in 2009, she has gained a wealth of experience in first opinion small animal practice, in both clinical and managerial roles. She currently works in the South West and deals with a variety of routine and emergency appointments, but particularly enjoys medicine cases. Outside of work and writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her bouncy flat-coated retriever George!

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