Tick Identification & Diseases

Even though there are more than 15 types of ticks, these are the ones that are most commonly seen in our surrounding area. Identifying a tick is very important in order to determine which diseases it may have transmitted to your pet, diagnosis, and treatment.

If you find a tick on your pet promptly remove it with a Tick Twister, place it in a jar, and bring it to your vet for identification.

American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

Transmissible Diseases

  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Tularemia




Lone Star Tick (Amblyomma americanum)

Transmissible Diseases

  • Pathogen causing Monocytic Ehrlichiosis
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • “Stari” borreliosis


Deer or Blacklegged Tick (Ixodes scapularis)

Transmissible Diseases

  • Lyme disease
  • Babeiosis
  • Anaplasmosis


Brown Dog Tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus)

Transmissible Diseases

  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Rickettsia
  • Babesiosis


Source: TickEncounter Resource Center.

Written by North Hill Animal Hospital