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Tick Paralysis and a Little Stray Cat Called Shelley

By David Loneragan | Dated April 30, 2013

The tick season is upon us at . We are seeing numerous cases of tick  each day now, so you need to be super careful.

Meet Shelley, a little stray cat that was found up at Killara High School. She was in a very bad way from . We pulled just a single, large tick off but it was enough to cause all the problems we come to expect from tick poisoning.

The symptoms to watch for are:

  • Loss of coordination in the hind legs. This will start with mild signs like slipping on the stairs or being weak to jump into the car.
  • Change in voice (or bark if a dog)
  • Retching, coughing or vomiting. This again can start mildly and will progress. Not every pet will show all of these signs.
  • Loss of appetite. Most  with tick paralysis will not be interested in food.
  • Progressive paralysis to include the forelegs.
  •  or rapid breathing. This is a very important sign as poor breathing is responsible for most deaths associated with tick poisoning.

Shelley was given fluids and supportive care. She was sprayed with Frontline, was kept warm and slowly nursed back to good health. Once she was able to eat again she started eating ravenously and has not looked back since.

Written by David Loneragan

David grew up and still lives locally and has worked at Gordon Vet since 1985. His love of animals and interest in all things veterinary started when he was a young boy spending time with his own pets and working on a country farm. David’s post-graduate studies have been in the fields of medical problems of dogs and cats and diagnostic ultrasound and radiology. In addition, he is interested in dermatology, cardiology and ophthalmology.

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