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Ticks?

Observed: 19th July 2012 By: sundari
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Yesterday and today I have found 2 insects attached to our dog. The heads were like that of ticks. Both were about 7mm long and 5mm wide, flat (approx thickness of two sheets of paper) and hard (I thought the first one was a thorn or shard of china). Yesterday's one was an off white colour with two very small black dots on one side and three dots on the other. Today's was very dark red/brown (nearly black). I stupidly disposed of them without taking a photo. If they appear again I will take a photo. But in the mean time can anybody tell me what they are?

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