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Ticks and Pug Dogs

Apr 21, 2008
When the warm weather comes, Pug owners everywhere should be ready to protect their dogs from ticks. Known scientifically as "Rhipicephalus Sanquineus", these blood-sucking bugs can carry disease. Ticks can infect humans with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, cause paralysis, and can even kill our precious Pugs.

Ticks are parasites. They were blamed for carrying the buggies that caused the death of so many dogs used by the military back in the 60s and 70s. After close study, it was shown that ordinary ticks were the culprit.

Although it's really true that a bug is a bug, it's also true that there is some variety in the specific kinds of ticks such as the brown tick, the wood tick, the black tick and several more. One of the things in common is the fact that all ticks are very resistant to typical insect poisons, and this makes them very hard to control.

The female tick will lay up to five thousands eggs in the crevices of a kennel, baseboard, or under the carpeting in the home. Eggs are never deposited upon the host animal. After twenty to thirty days have elapsed, the eggs hatch and become larvae. The larvae then seek out a host Pug, gorge themselves on his blood, then drop off again to hide.

The tick continues to grow up and changes into what are called nymphs, the tick equivalent of a surly teenager (without the acne!). And the first thing a tick nymph does is seek out a new victim to grab some more blood from, at which point they'll fall off and go hide once again. Finally, after another two weeks or so, the nymph changes once again into a fully grown adult tick. The adult tick will then look for a host to really suck some blood, and this could be your Pug, another dog or even a child.

Adult ticks can live for up to 2 years without eating...which is really bad news for Pug dog owners, as this means you can have ticks lurking in ambush.

Once the tick finds its way outside, it will climb up into a bush, tall grass or a tree to lay in wait for a new host. A perfect opportunity for a tick is when a Pug dog walks under a branch or goes potty in tall grass. A tick can jump pretty far as well.

A tick inside a home will hang out in dark, hidden places awaiting a chance to latch-on to a host. Here's a shocking fact, but a tick inside the house can hang out for up to three months lying in wait for a Pug or person to walk by. And when the trap is sprung, and your dog or you walk by, the tick can instantly "wake up" and spring onto the victim in a blink of the eye.
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