During the Summer months while you’re enjoying the outdoors with your family, don’t forget to extend your Flea & Tick protection to your pets!
While witnessing some of the warmest winters and temperatures overall in recorded history, flea & tick season starts earlier and earlier every year so make sure you and you’re pup are well protected!
During the Winter months, ticks survive in what are called “micro-climates” until the first big thaw of the season where female feeding and breeding ticks can lay thousands of eggs at a time dramatically increasing the year’s population.
Are there ways to keep the ticks and fleas at bay completely? As much as some people may swear by a particular brand of meds or sprays they use for their dog, no. But there are plenty of ways to minimize the risk. And for more info we recommend visiting the CDC’s official page here.
What Attracts Fleas & Ticks to Your Yard?
Unlike Fleas, Ticks also tend to travel on their own like other insects and your pets will pick them up in the same places humans do; in trees, shrubs, fallen leafs, or right from your lawn. One of the easiest ways to cut down on ticks is to keep your lawn trimmed relatively low and keep it clear of loose branches and leaf litter.
Types of Flea & Tick Prevention Products
As effective as you can be trying to prevent the spread of Fleas and Ticks near and around your property, you should always administer your German Shepherd pup along with all other household pets with some type of prevention product. There are five main types of products you can use including:
1. Topical Medications: These are medications that you apply directly to your pet’s skin, typically between the shoulder blades or at the base of the dog’s neck. Once applied the product will easily spread to the rest of your pet’s body.
2. Oral Medications: If topical medications don’t float your boat or your pet has shown to have some type of skin irritation from it (very rare) you may want to consider using various different oral medications now available.
3. Sprays: Another easy method for keeping Fleas 7 Ticks at bay is to use a spray protection. Sprays work in a similar fashion to topical medications. Just avoid getting these in or near your pup’s eyes.
4. Collars: This is probably the most well known method of Flea & Tick protection, and has also shown to be one of the most effective. A flea collar is attached like any other being worn with your pup’s signature collar or on it’s own and can last up to 6 months.
Products We Recommend:
|Frontline Plus||Topical Application||
|K9 Advantix||Topical Application||
|Advantage II||Topical Application||
Diseases Contracted From Fleas & Ticks
Though it still requires a large amount of concern, not all Fleas & Ticks transmit disease. In fact, most do not carry any diseases any at all. Most diseases transmitted by Ticks take up to several hours to transmit into the host’s system meaning it can be up to a day before any symptoms start to appear in the host if some type of disease is in-fact contracted. The most common types of diseases include but are not limited to:
- Lyme Disease
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
How to Remove a Tick Safely
Like mentioned above, if a Tick does in fact carry a disease, it can take up to several hours for your dog to contract it, so please don’t make the most common mistake of carelessly/recklessly trying to remove the tick. This in return can cause more harm to the dogs skin than good and not to mention be very painful. Try to adhere to the following steps to remove the Tick safely and easily:
- If possible, wear latex gloves to protect yourself against any type of disease or infection.
- Use a pair of tweezers with a pointed tip or a specialized tool such as the Tick Twister from Contech.
- Grab the Tick near the head and front legs and pull slowly with moderate pressure making sure to not grab the tick by the body which can result in more bacteria to be injected into your pet and/or spread around the surface area.
- If there are any bits of the Tick left in the skin once being removed, try and safely remove as much as possible, but there is no need to be over concerned. It’s rare this causes contamination and is very common.
- Once removed handle the Tick carefully making sure to not cause any unnecessary contact with the skin. We recommend keeping the Tick in an airtight container such as a jar or vial so that in the case your pet does contract some sort of disease or infection, it can be identified at your vet.
What NOT to do When Removing a Tick
Never try an take any shortcuts while in the process of removing a tick from your pet. All of the tricks you’ve heard from friends DO NOT WORK. Things such as hot matches, petroleum jelly, nail polish and etc will not make a Tick de-attach itself.
Any of these methods will do more harm to your dog than the Tick attached to them. Also, as crazy as it sounds, some people even contemplate leaving the Tick alone to let it detach itself naturally. This is dangerous and should not be done.
We hope the tips and info in this guide will help both your German Shepherd pup and your family enjoy your time outside with some more peace of mind and please share any feedback you have for us down in the comments below!