Ticks are parasitic arthropods that feed on the blood of their hosts. They are attracted to warmth and motion, often seeking out mammals including dogs. Ticks tend to hide out in tall grass or plants in wooded areas waiting for prospective hosts. Ticks climb onto their host and attach their mouthparts into the skin, beginning the blood meal. Once locked in place, they will not detach until their meal is complete. They may continue to feed for several hours to days, depending on the type of tick.
Most species of ticks go though four life stages eggs, larvae, nymphs, and adults. All stages beyond eggs will attach to a host for a blood meal (and must do so in order to mature). Ticks are more prevalent in Michigan now than they ever have been before. Because ticks are known vectors of many disease, including Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichiosis, it is important to protect your dog with an appropriate Flea and Tick Preventative.