The main tick of concern for pet owners is the Paralysis Tick (Ixodes holocyclus), as it can cause paralysis and death within 2-4 days of attachment. Whilst Paralysis Ticks occur naturally only in certain geographic areas (mainly along the coastal eastern seaboard of Australia) they can attach to pets who visit these areas during the warmer months, particularly if they are allowed to run through scrub. Ticks may also hitch a ride back with you or a neighbour in cars, rugs, towels or plants.
If you notice a tick on a pet that is not displaying signs of tick paralysis, remove the tick straight away. To do this, grasp the tick firmly where it attaches to your pet’s skin and give a quick sideways pull. It is better not to try and kill the tick first as the dying tick may inject more of its potent toxin into your pet. If you are not confident removing the tick please call us immediately to make an appointment to have it removed.
Once the tick is removed, your pet should be kept cool and quiet whilst being closely monitored for 24 hours. If your pet starts to display any signs of tick paralysis, such as vomiting, weakness, staggering, breathing difficulty, or altered bark, seek immediate veterinary attention, as this is a veterinary emergency. If your pet is showing any of the above signs, do not offer food or water as these may be accidentally inhaled in tick-affected dogs.
Treatment of tick paralysis includes searching for and removing all ticks, may include clipping the animal completely and/or the use of medication to kill remaining ticks. Tick antiserum is administered to counteract the toxin and supportive care is provided during recovery. This can be costly in comparison to what it would cost to use tick prevention initially. Please CLICK HERE for pet insurance information and Please CLICK HERE for payment options
However, no tick prevention is 100% effective and should always be used in combination with daily searches of your pet. Searching your pet shouldn’t cease once you return from tick-affected regions but should continue for at least 7 days after returning home. Use your fingers to feel over the entire body, especially under the collar, on the face and around the front of your pet. Don’t forget to check carefully between the toes, under the lips and in the ears.
Your Pet's team are more than happy to show you how to do a thorough tick search, please call Middle Road Vet Hospital on 3802 1155 to discuss, pop in or call to make an appointment for your pet.
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Please note: too often we hear our clients receive the incorrect advice given at pet stores, dog parks and the like and unfortunately potentially fatal consequences may result. Please be aware of advice given from an inexperienced and unknowledgable source, who doesn't fully know nor understand some products, the ingredients, indications, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, contraindications etc. of a product.
We look after pets in Greenbank, Boronia Heights, Hillcrest, Forestdale, Park Ridge, Regents Park, Parkinson, New Beith, Springfield Lakes, Browns Plains and Munruben areas.
Middle Road Vet Hospital is in the Logan area, which includes areas mentioned above aswell as Logan, Loganholme, Springwood, Chambers Flat, Slacks Creek, Cedar Grove, Cedar Vale, Logan Village, Yarrabilba, Beenleigh, Slacks Creek, Shailer Park, Crestmead, Marsden, Loganlea, Logan Reserve, Waterford West, North MacLean, Sunnybank to mention a few.