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I have a GSD, 7 Months old he is getting ticks, please help?

Hi All, I have a GSD, 7 Months old. I know what I am gonna ask may sound too simple, but I am really worried for this issue. This is about the ticks that he is getting. Now, yesterday I found 2 ticks which were around 1 cm in size. I took out around 3 ticks, out of which 2 were 1cm in size and 1 was 1 mm. Now, just above his right, there is this big pimple kind of thing which has come up in the last 1 week. I applied anti - fungal cream, it kind of dried, but my fault that I stopped applying the cream before it completely cured. Yesterday, I took him to the Vet and he said that this is due to the ticks and he gave me another anti fungal thing which am applying and hoping that its gonna cure it. Now, what worries me the most is that this instance was on the face and I noticed it soon. What if it comes up on the body, which is not visible with lone eyes. What do I do to get rid of these ticks? The Vet suggested me a tick collar. Great, it will take care of the ticks that pass through the collar. What happens to the ones which doesn't pass through the collar?? As of now, I have thought that incase I am not really convinced with the Vet for any measures for this, the only thing that I can do is stuff him completely with the tick powder and then do the regular combing. I am kind of confused. You advices will be highly appreciable.
By Debashish Sarkar · 15 Mar 2010 10:57 am

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By bishwadeep chatterjee · 18 Mar 2010 10:08 am
I'm assuming your GSD has a long coat. If its a recurring problem, then it has to be tackled at source.

Before anything else please get a blood-test done.....Tick-fever can go undetected for a long time.....hopefully it will also indicate other problems/infections, if they are there any.

What are your surroundings like...? Do you have a large lawn...outdoor-yard....neighbo urhood dogs, street dogs or livestock in the area?
Ticks crawl from these places to wherever they get a 'host'.

Your house might need to be cleansed...or pest-treated....make sure your pet is safely out of reach of these peticides...

The male and the female ticks look like they are two different species....The male is dark-brown in colour...has 8-legs and is less than 1/2 cm.....the female is light grey/beige in colour....8 legs..grows to 1 cm....she swells up with the host's blood. Pick it out carefully with your fingers or tweezers...and if there's a wound you might ask your vet for a disinfectant or antibiotic cream.....I use Vetbacin...but please...consult a vet before you apply anything.....Do not squash or swat it, as she may have eggs which will scatter with the blood. Collect them in a plastic cup filled with some insecticide...like HIT...BAYGON...etc... Always remember...if you find a male...then chances are there would be a female there too......and vice-versa.....check the paws....they mostly get on from there...and then move to all the hiding places like ears...below the tail...etc.

In Mumbai, we have a lot of Doggy salons and spas where they groom dogs...and clean them of parasites. If you have to do it on your own...then what i do is probably not right...but it's effective....i rub his coat with Baygon ....first arouns his ears....then all over his hind and paws..then the body.....leave it on for about 10mins....then give him a lovely bath......make sure he doesnt lick himself......i have done this with cats...i have done this with dogs....the animals were fine....BUT...PLEASE...I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL AND DO NOT FOLLOW WHAT I DO (IF YOU FIND IT WRONG) - I AM JUST SHARING AN EXPERIENCE!!!

You also get medicated shampoos etc which a good vet should prescribe.
Wish you the best,
Bishwadeep Chatterjee

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By bishwadeep chatterjee · 18 Mar 2010 10:13 am
Also...since he's still a pup...be a little more cautios with all types of pesticides and make sure the shampoos etc you get are for pups.
Cheers
Bshwdp Chatterjee.
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By Debashish Sarkar · 18 Mar 2010 10:31 am
thanks a ton for those precious view Bishwadeep. I just had my house cleaned up by every bit yesterday. :)
I don't find any problems with your idea of rubbing Baygon etc on his body except for the fact that my other dog (Daschund) is a real naughty chap and won't leave the GSD even for a second. He just wants to play around with him all the time. I am just worried that the smaller kid may lick the pesticides. I spoke to my vet yesterday and we have decided to get a tick bath done for the GSD this weekend as I already got him checked for the tick fever part and he seems to be safe from it. I have also got the anti biotic that you mentioned from my Vet day before yesterday and am applying the same as required. I am gonna speak to the Vet this weekend regarding the other measures that I can take.

I really appreciate your views and help on this. Thanks a million again.

Cheers
Debashish Sarkar
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By shilpesh bade · 18 Mar 2010 11:37 am
before some time i was also faced same problem with my GSD bitch , you dont worry for that , first u get your dog in alone and take minimum 1/2 liter tarpentoil and apply on whole body of your dog by your fingure on his skin. same as we aply oil on our head. and then wait for a few minute ,all he ticks are autometicly relise your dog skin ,then u done comb to dog hair and all tick will get outside with comb.
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By Debashish Sarkar · 18 Mar 2010 12:35 pm
Thanks Shilpesh for sharing the above. I appreciate it.

Cheers
Debashish
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By Runni · 18 Mar 2010 3:59 pm
A tick bath will be the best option. Do check the inner side of the ears for any leftover tick after the tick bath.
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By gautam sawant · 20 Mar 2010 1:36 am
antitick shampoo and powder should do good
bath him ocationlly
clean him imediately after u return from walk and check the legs
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