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Small deer ticks easily hide within the coat of your pet. Deer ticks hitch a ride from your pet as your pet walks through grassy, woody areas. Deer ticks attach to your pet for a blood meal. During that blood meal, infected ticks may transmit disease (e.g.: Lyme’s Disease) to your pet. The best treatment for ticks is prevention: regular use of topical therapies that prevent tick attachment to your pet’s skin. If you find a tick on your pet, call your veterinarian for direction on removal: do not use remedies such as a touching the tick with a match or gasoline. Pets bit by a tick should be watched closely for signs of tick borne illness: lethargy, joint pain, fever, or loss of appetite. If any of these signs occur, you should have your pet evaluated by your veterinarian as soon as possible.