dog tick


Definition of dog tick

: any of several ticks commonly infesting dogs: such as

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Lyric Bartholomay, professor in UW-Madison’s Departments of Comparative Biomedical Sciences and Entomology, said that Rocky Mountain spotted fever is transmitted by dog ticks, also called wood ticks, that have long been ubiquitous across the state. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Don't panic over first Rocky Mountain spotted fever death in Wisconsin, but be careful," 12 July 2018 How to avoid ticks that spread disease Fellimi says the dog tick is less active in summer but people should still use insect repellant, avoid tall grass and check themselves for ticks after spending time outdoors. CBS News, "Latest death shines light on tick-borne disease Rocky Mountain spotted fever," 12 July 2018 Tick paralysis can be caused by several species of ticks, including deer ticks (which can also carry Lyme disease) and dog ticks (which can carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever). Amanda Macmillan,, "After Her Daughter Was Paralyzed by a Tick, This Mom's Warning Is Going Viral on Facebook," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of dog tick

1909, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of dog tick

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

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