ID of Tick on my dog

Asked May 9, 2020, 6:32 PM EDT

My dog had a tick somewhat attached from a hike yesterday at Howard County Conservancy. It came off quite easily. My dog is on flea/tick preventative.

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

Hi - This looks like an American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis).

Here are several resources about ticks in Maryland and tick identification,
https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_images/programs/hgic/Insects/Ticks/Ticks_ID_chart.pdf

Ticks in Maryland
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/ticks-maryland

The University of Rhode Island's Tick Encounter webpage is one of the best resources for current information on ticks and tick bite prevention.
https://tickencounter.org/tick_identification/tick_species

Christa