German Shepherd Dogs and Ticks

Updated on June 25, 2019
Sam Shepards profile image

Sam Shephard is an experienced German Shepherd owner and has learned throughout the years how to optimize the breed's health and wellness.

If you thought your dog’s fleas were bad, then you’ll want to make sure that they don’t get ticks. Fleas might be annoying, but at least they’re small and don’t cause major disease in most cases. Ticks, on the other hand, are much larger and if left unattended, they can lead your dog to develop a serious illness.

Finding and eliminating ticks can be a bit of a challenge. Not only do you have to search your dog to remove the ticks, but you have to make sure that you remove them from the environment that led to them getting ticks in the first place. In this article, we’re going to discuss the best ways to manage ticks with your shepherd.

About Ticks

Ticks are tiny, blood-sucking bugs that are usually found in wooded areas. They are also sometimes found in the plains. These parasites are not only annoying, they can carry diseases that can be fatal to both dogs and humans.

Once a tick latches on to a dog, it begins to suck blood. It generally takes somewhere between 5 and 6 hours for a tick to firmly attach itself to an animal or a human. After this, it begins sucking blood from the creature. It will continue to suck blood for up to 10 days until it becomes full.

Female ticks actually require the blood of a mammal for them to lay their eggs. Unfortunately, the bite of a tick can lead to a number of diseases. Some of the most common tick-borne diseases include:

  • Lyme disease

  • Tick-borne relapsing fever

  • Tularemia

  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever

  • Babesiosis

Preventing Your Dog From Getting Ticks

Naturally, you’re not going to want to risk your dog getting infected with a tick-borne disease. There are a few things to keep in mind that will help you minimize the risk of contracting any of these illnesses.

  • Make sure that you check your pet for ticks on a daily basis if you live in an area where ticks live or if you’re traveling. This is especially important to do if your dog has been outside, but ticks can also wander inside so it’s important to check them regardless.

  • Get your vet to conduct a tick check every time you get your dog a checkup. Even if you’re diligent it’s still possible that there could be ticks hiding in hard-to-see areas.
  • Try to get your dog in an environment where ticks are not known to live. If there are ticks in your backyard, for example, consider taking your dog to a safer area to play.

Places to Check for Ticks on Dogs

Ticks can latch on to anywhere on your dog’s body, but there are a few places that you should take extra care to check.

  • Ticks like to latch-up near the ears and behind the ear flaps.

  • You'll find ticks on the eyebrows.
  • Ticks are commonly found near the shoulders and the shoulder blades.
  • Ticks find it easy to attach to the upper leg.

These are just the most common places to look for ticks on dogs. You may find them elsewhere. Be thorough in your investigation.

Our dogs don't have ticks that often. We live in an area where ticks are fairly rare. If we do find them, we use a kind of tick "plier" or puller. With the tool, you can grab the tick, twist, and pull it out completely if you do it the right way. We have another tick removal tool where you don't have to twist but just pull it up. They both work equally well, just make sure you use the right technique for the tool you have.

19 times out of 20 you should get the whole tick out. Always check to make sure that there are no more parts stuck in your dog's skin. I have not seen the same tick tool we have on Amazon, but there seem to be similar tools there. If you don't have one and you need to remove a tick right now, you can use general tweezers, but it's a little more difficult to grab a tick that way.

Products for Managing Ticks

There are a number of different products that can be useful for helping to prevent the chances of your dog getting ticks. These are some of the most popular products.

  • Once-a-month topical insecticides. These products are highly effective at killing ticks and only need to be used once a month. However, if you’re not comfortable with the idea of applying a pesticide that’s fatal to bugs to your own skin, you probably shouldn’t use it on your dog.

  • Powders. There are a number of tick-fighting powders, most of which contain pyrethrin. These are quite easy to use, but they can also make a big mess. Make sure that you only use these in an area where there is a lot of ventilation.

  • Shampoo. Some dog shampoos also contain pyrethrin which can be very useful for helping to ward off ticks.

  • Sprays. There are lots of sprays that can be useful for helping to kill ticks and fleas. Again, these mostly contain pyrethrin.

I don't advice you to use any products without you asking your vet. When your dogs don't have ticks often you should be ok with a simple tick removal tool.

What Do You Use to Prevent or Remove Ticks?

See results

Tick Prevention Is Important

Ticks are a nuisance and a potential danger. It’s important to know how you can avoid them and how to do tick removal from dogs. Hopefully, this article has given you enough information for you to know how to avoid having ticks latch on to your dog.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2019 Sam Shepards

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, pethelpful.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://pethelpful.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)