Paralysis ticks are a common parasite, even more so if you live near bushland and water. They are most prevalent throughout the warmer months; however, do occur year-round. These parasites can cause paralysis and, if left untreated, pets may die from asphyxiation.
What are the signs my pet might have a tick?
Symptoms may include:
- Coughing or grunting
- Laboured or fast breathing
- Loss of appetite
- Lethargy, reluctance to jump or walk
- Vomiting or retching
- Loss or change of bark
- Instability (wobbliness) in the legs
What can I do?
- Make sure your pets are protected and up to date with an effective tick preventative. We have great products now available for dogs and cats.
- Perform daily tick checks
- Start searching for ticks at the front end of your pet and move towards the back of the body. For example, start at the nose, moving to the mouth, eyes, ears (including inside the ears), neck, chest, front legs (extending down to the paws and between and underneath their toes), back, body and belly, hind legs, genital areas, and the full length of the tail.
- Concentrate on the front half of your pet’s body as 90% of ticks are found there.
- Remove your pet’s collar to search for ticks that may be under the collar.
- Using your fingertips, gently move them or ‘finger walk’ between the fur at the level of the skin, over every aspect of your pet.
- If you find a tick or tick crater, continue searching the entire body of your pet in case more ticks are attached.
If your pet develops symptoms or you find a paralysis tick contact the clinic ASAP on 66423083