parasite swells to the size of a small pea when feeding
Ticks are eight-legged creatures that are related to the
spider family. A dog may get ticks on his coat by
brushing against shrubs that are infested with them. The
types of ticks that may affect a dog will depend on
where he is living.
In the UK, the most common tick
parasites of dogs are the sheep tick, and the hedgehog
These have hairless or short- haired,
leathery bodies and spend they're lives in the
environment, only visiting dogs or other animals for a
few days in the spring or autumn in order to feed.