All about Paralysis Tick




With the arrival of each Spring --Tick season is upon us. Paralysis ticks are one of the greatest hardships for pets living in South-East Queensland during the time of July – January, where the warm and humid weather favour the development of tick numbers. Although ticks are present all year it is during these months where ticks are most prevalent and can cause harm to our wonderful furry friends.




















To prevent ticks you can treat your pets with a number of our products such as Bravecto, NexGard, NexGard Spectra, Simparica, Advantix, Frontline Spray, Kiltix, Preventic, Scalibor, and Permoxin. Please contact your vet for recommend tick preventatives for cats, as most of the listed products are not for use on cats. 


It is also recommended for you to check your pet daily for ticks by doing a tick search through their coat. You are more likely to feel a tick before you see one, so use both your senses of touch and sight for this task.


Favourite spots where paralysis ticks are commonly found are the head, face, and neck region, in or on the ears, down the front of their body, where it is difficult for them to groom, between the toes, and around/under the tail and genital area. But be sure you still look everywhere. Note: with long haired pets this can be a difficult task and ticks can be easily missed. If you are concerned about this, you pet can be booked in for grooming to have a tick clip where the fur is cut short so ticks can be seen more easily. 


If you find a tick on your pet pull it off immediately and keep it for identification or bring your pet to your local vet clinic so it can be removed. The best way to remove a tick is via tick hooks, tweezers or just your fingers.


Sings of tick toxicity are:
  • Lethargic

  • Shaking

  • Anxious

  • Confused

  • Dilated/non responsive pupils

  • Panting

  • Noisy/laboured respiration

  • Shallow breathing

  • Salivation

  • Vomiting

  • Wobbly on feet

  • Incoordination

  • Flaccid hind leg paralysis

  • Voice/bark change


If you find a tick on your pet we recommend coming to visit us to ensure your pet does not suffer from Tick Toxicity.



For further information come in and see us at Pimpama Pet Vet.

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