Blood sucking parasites that attach to animals and spread several diseases. The most common ticks found on dogs and cats are the American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis), the Brown Dog Tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus), the Lone Star Tick (Amplyomma americanum), and the Deer Tick (Ixodes). Ticks spread diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF), Erlichia, and Babesia. Ticks are a problem in Florida, if you have found ticks on your pet our veterinarians recommend that you use tick prevention monthly, all year round to prevent the spread of these potentially devastating diseases. Avoid exposure to ticks or use a veterinary approved tick preventative (ask our staff for the latest recommendation products) to kill ticks within hours of attachment before they can transmit disease. It is not recommended to use flea/ tick dips and shampoos as there is a high potential for toxic effects on your pet.