dog tick

any of a variety of ticks, as the American dog tick, that commonly infest dogs and may transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever or tularemia to humans.

1545–55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Look carefully for the white markings of the dog tick.
The brown dog tick is dark, shiny, and has no markings.
The highest risk of being bitten by a dog tick occurs during the spring and summer.
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