dog tick


: any of several ticks commonly infesting dogs: such as

Examples of dog tick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The American dog tick and the brown dog tick are also responsible for spreading the Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Janet Loehrke, USA TODAY, 5 May 2024 Other ticks like the dog ticks favor hairy environments and are often found attached to the scalp. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 16 July 2023 The range of the dog tick is spreading, and the importation of dogs carrying the ticks is not helping matters any. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 20 June 2023 Also check your dogs because dog ticks can carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which can also infect humans. Timmy Broderick, Scientific American, 14 June 2023 In the last decade, 10 non-native tick species have been identified in the state, including the Lone Star tick and the American dog tick. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 11 June 2023 Several common types of ticks can be found in Michigan this season, including: American dog tick: Active from May to November in Michigan forests and grassy areas. Jenna Prestininzi, Detroit Free Press, 17 Apr. 2023 However, the lone star tick has a different shape than the dog tick and is much larger than the deer tick. Kevin Ambrose, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2022 Deer ticks, dog ticks, and wood ticks can carry and transmit several types of diseases that affect both dogs and humans, from Lyme Disease to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The Editors, Field & Stream, 3 Mar. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dog tick was in 1909

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“Dog tick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

dog tick

: a common North American tick especially of dogs and human beings that may transmit the bacterium causing Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia

Medical Definition

dog tick

: any of several ticks infesting dogs and commonly other animals: as
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