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Old 11-16-2009, 10:11 AM
 
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Default Bugs on dog larger than fleas but not ticks

Hi,
Does anyone know if there's another type of bug that infests dogs other than fleas? I've noticed some small (yet larger than fleas) brownish sort of flat bugs on my dog over the past several days and am wanting to know exactly what they are to ensure proper irradication. I've scoured the internet trying to id these bugs and can only find info on fleas, chiggers, bed bugs, mites and ticks and according to description these are not any. I thought they might be fleas but I remember having an infestation over a decade ago and these bugs are larger and don't jump like they did. My dog has yet to have any fleas or other bug problems so it's a little baffling that they're showing up all of the sudden like this.
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:14 AM
 
Location: East Valley, AZ
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Ticks are flat. I found one on my dog a few weeks ago and was surprised with how big it was.
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:16 AM
 
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I agree wtih MAtheBanker. It does sound like your dog has ticks. They're just not as big as you expect because they're not filled with blood at the moment.
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:17 AM
 
Location: California
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ticks start off flat..sort of look like a apple seed...and slowly engorge themselves with the blood of the dog, to fatten themselves up. Sooner you get them off the dog, the better.
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Old 11-16-2009, 12:39 PM
 
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
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Oh jeez I hate that "t" word! If it is them I suggest to thoroughly inspect your home and keep up on checking your dog. I had a problem with ticks one time in 18 years (knock on wood) and I so wanted to burn my house down.
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:00 PM
 
Location: ROTTWEILER & LAB LAND (HEAVEN)
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Sounds like seed ticks to me.
Use a magnify glass and look at them.
When in doubt call your vet when ever you have a question. Usually they will talk to you just over the phone.
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:34 PM
 
Location: California
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google images:

ticks on dogs - Google Images
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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That's what Artie had... twice. I almost threw up both times. My husband had to take them off while I screetched. It was a lovely, bonding moment between the three of us... that I never want to re-enact. The screetching hurt my throat. And Artie's ears. And my husband's nerves.
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Old 11-16-2009, 03:10 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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yep.... bailey got 'em pretty good in the spring of 2007..... on her belly and where her arms and legs join her body..... the good thing was that they were all dead or dying ..... the frontline WILL kill them, but apparently, they have to bite the dog first.....
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:23 PM
 
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Thanks all for the replies; I'm surprised at the idea that they're ticks, as they come right off with the flea comb, but maybe because they've not embedded yet. Will continue to check/comb her and look for options in terms of eliminating them from the yard.
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