North Shore residents are being warned by vets to protect their pets from dangerous paralysis ticks as spring and summer approach.
The peak time for tick activity along the east coast has always been the warmer months, allowing pet owners a breather over winter. However in recent years, cases of paralysis ticks have been reported throughout winter. Dr Scott Lackenby says, “At Gordon Vet Hospital we have had many paralysis tick cases this winter. Therefore we strongly recommend pet owners to protect against potentially deadly ticks all year round and to use a product specifically aimed at killing and repelling ticks.”
Paralysis ticks are found in long grass or scrub and their natural hosts are possums and bandicoots. The ticks tend to attach to the head and neck region, but can be found anywhere on the body. They release a toxin during feeding and if left untreated dogs and cats could die. Many are affected without leaving their backyard!
Dr Lackenby recommends treating your dog with a product such as Advantix and/or a tick collar, such as Kiltix. Frontline is best for cats. Examining your pet daily for ticks is also very important.
“If your pet has a tick, or shows signs of tick paralysis, contact your vet immediately for medical advice and treatment,” Dr Lackenby said.
Gordon Vet Hospital is an independently owned practice and their highly qualified staff are very experienced in treating tick paralysis. They are happy to offer free advice any time. Call them on 9498 3000 for your FREE copy of ‘Surviving Tick Paralysis’ – a guide to managing ticks in the Ku-ring-gai area.
How to check for ticks
The best way is to feel for ticks with the tips of your finger. Start in the common places such as the head and neck, then around the eyes and ears, under the collar, between the toes etc. Do this every day.
Signs of Paralysis Tick Toxicity
Leg weakness, especially hind legs
slowly grunting breathing
coughing ,gagging,drooling and vomiting
less common signs include lethargy and loss of appetite
By John Morgan | Dated February 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
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