We know about the Paralysis Tick (and with good reason) but do you know about the Brown Dog Tick?  They are unlikely to cause major health problems in low numbers but a high enough number can cause skin irritations or dermatitis.

How to identify the Brown Dog Tick

Adult Brown TickFemale Brown TickAdult ticks are flat and uniformly red-brown with tiny pits scattered over their backs. As female ticks feed, they become engorged and swell to a grey-blue or olive colour. 


Where is the Brown Dog Tick Found?

The brown dog tick is one of the most widely distributed ticks in the world. It is found primarily in northern parts of Australia but also inland areas of Qld, WA, NSW and Vic. The most common host (animal to feed on) is the dog. 

Can the Brown Dog Tick Cause any Health Problems?

Low numbers of ticks generally cause few health problems for pets. High numbers of brown dog ticks may cause skin irritation or dermatitis, and can sometimes cause anaemia or even death.

The Brown Dog Tick Lifecycle

This tick species develops via four stages: the egg, larva, nymph and adult stages.

Each active stage seeks a new host (animal to feed on) and then drops off to develop in a protected area in the immediate environment. So, all tick life stages can be found around the house in places such as cracks in flooring, kennel walls, verandas, gardens etc. The female brown dog tick may deposit thousands of eggs into the environment, which usually hatch within 3 weeks. 

How You Can Help - Using Frontline

Regular examination and grooming of pets is recommended. If a tick is found on the animal, it should be removed immediately.

As part of a brown dog tick control program it is vital to treat pets with an effective, long-lasting tick preventative.

FRONTLINE PLUS and FRONTLINE SPRAY will control brown dog ticks on dogs for up to 4 weeks after a single application.
Use FRONTLINE SPRAY every 4 weeks for brown dog tick control on cats.


** This article was sourced from Merial and Frontlineplus.com.au.