5. Ticks may appear as a small dark speck on your pet's fur.

To reduce the chances that a tick will transmit disease to you or your pets:
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You want to remove the tick as quickly as possible, not wait for it to detach. Using heat to make a tick detach from your pet’s skin is ineffective and can easily burn your pet’s skin or your own. Practice safety and never use an open flame near your pet’s skin or fur.
This guy is completely out of his mind. Keeps a pet tick like others would keep a cat or a hamster
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Fleas and ticks can pose a frustrating problem throughout most of the United States. While certain areas of the country have cold winters that offer a few months of reprieve, in warmer areas of the country, fleas and ticks can be a year-long concern. Fleas and ticks thrive in warm, humid environments. These small pests can pose health concerns for both you and your pets. Unseasonably warm winters can explode flea and tick populations in your home and surrounding areas. We have a seasonal chart to show you what the typical flea & tick season looks like where you live. You’ve probably heard some “tips” to get ticks off your pets. Things like:
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Generally known as vector-borne disease, the risks they pose to your dog can be minimized with (topical medications, tick collars, etc.) and include vector-borne disease screening. This is especially important, as symptoms of vector-borne disease are often vague and difficult to recognize. Because of this, many pet owners don’t know their dog is suffering from a debilitating tick disease until it’s too late.When you’re getting ready to remove the tick you’ve got to keep your pet calm. Any unusual poking or prodding tends to make dogs and cats nervous. If there is another person available, have that person hold your pet and keep him relaxedBefore you start the actual removal process, gather everything that you need to remove the offending tick from your pet first. It's harder to try and manage a squirming animal while looking for your tweezers or rubbing alcohol than it is having everything you need within arm's reach.Kill the tick by placing it in a container with rubbing alcohol. Once the tick is dead, most veterinarians recommend keeping it in the container with a lid incase your pet begins displaying symptoms of disease.Using steady pressure, pull the tick out using a straight motion. Do not twist or jerk the tick because you want to avoid leaving the tick’s mouthparts behind. Also, make sure not to squeeze or crush the tick, since its fluids may contain infectious material. After removing the tick, examine it to make sure the head and mouth parts were . If not, take your pet to veterinarian to remove what's left in the pet's skin. Cats are also prone to tick infections. If you would like to learn more how ticks affect cats, please visit in the PetMD health library.After you’ve removed the tick from your dog or cat, praise your pet for being good. Give him or her a treat and add in some extra playtime as a special reward.Ticks may be visibly present on the skin of the animal, especially as they grow. Ticks have a hard backed shield and can be felt as small bumps during a (touch examination) of the skin, or during regular petting. There may also be other symptoms present if a tick borne disease develops.