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Tick examination for a dog - when should it be performed? How much does it cost?

Unfortunately, even though anti-tick prophylaxis greatly reduces the risk, there is no way to completely protect our pets from tick-borne infections. The time between the tick's feeding and the onset of disease symptoms differs significantly and can range from a few days to several months or even years, depending on the disease. Molecular examination of a tick found on a pet's skin (PCR technique) allows to determine whether it was a carrier of pathogens and could potentially transmit them. This is crucial because it enables us to take action prior to the onset of symptoms and the disease.

This service is available in Pethelp packages. Package prices start at 69 PLN/month.


How is the test performed?

Genetic testing of the tick is performed using the PCR technique. It allows you to check whether a tick is a carrier of pathogens causing tick-borne diseases such as babesiosis and Lyme disease in dogs. An expert laboratory runs this examination.

When should I do the test? 

Every time we discover a tick embedded in the skin of our pet, the test is worthwhile. The material should be sent for testing as soon as possible, in accordance with the guidelines of the laboratory. The tick should ideally be placed in a special plastic container available for purchase at the pharmacy.


  • What is the price of a tick test?

    A tick test costs from 100 to 300 PLN. The price depends on the scope of the test and the number of pathogens that are detected in the sample. Each veterinary laboratory sets its own prices, and it is worth asking about the costs of a given service before performing the test.

  • How long does a tick test take?

    Depending on the laboratory doing the test, the duration of the procedure may change. It typically takes three business days.

  • How can I get my pet ready for a tick test?

    Your pet doesn't need to prepare in any particular way for the examination. The tick only needs to be taken out of the skin and sent to a laboratory for analysis. However, it is wise to get in touch with the laboratory in advance to find out the best way to download and submit the material.

Do you have any other questions?