Over the past few months, ticks and tick-borne diseases have been all over the news. This year is supposed to be a very bad year for ticks as we had a very mild winter. Do your part to help keep your dogs safe. In protecting your dogs, you are also protecting yourself. Ticks are small arachnids, belonging to the same class as spiders, scorpions, and mites. Ticks are parasites that rely on blood from other animals for survival.