Brown Dog Ticks Found on Canterbury Dogs

A foreign blood-sucking pest has been found on two dogs in Canterbury.The dogs had a small number of brown dog ticks (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) and have been treated and quarantined at home.

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) response principal adviser Andre van Halderen said the ministry was unsure how the dogs got the ticks as they were born in New Zealand, had never left the country and apparently had not come into contact with imported animals.

The ministry was taking "swift action" to find out how the dogs could have picked up the ticks and whether there was a wider population in the area.

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