Paralysis tick

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The paralysis tick is found right along the east coast of Australia. Although not found locally, the tick may be transported on camping gear, clothing or pets that have travelled to a tick infested area within the past couple of weeks. It has also been suggested that paralysis ticks may be able to survive in major cities, such as Melbourne, for many months at a time. Tick paralysis is seen most commonly in spring and early summer, as the weather is warming up and there is still a moderate amount of humidity present.

The average time between attachment of the tick and the development of signs in pets is 7 days, and will most likely lead to death within 24 hours if left untreated. Generally, the first signs seen are paralysis and increased breathing rate and effort. As the toxin progresses through your pet’s body, their breathing becomes more laboured and they are at great risk of suffering a fatal heart attack or respiratory exhaustion.

Every hour that passes without treatment increases the risk of fatality in your pet. It is important to bring them straight to the vet clinic, but be sure that your pet is kept cool and in a stress-free environment to keep their breathing as calm and slow as possible.

If you are planning on taking a holiday in high-risk areas, it is important that your pet is on tick prophylaxis and that a tick search is completed daily. We have just started stocking a new drug named Nexgard, which is available as a palatable treat given monthly and protects against both fleas and ticks. It is also beneficial in that it doesn’t need to be given weeks before entering a high risk area, unlike other tick preventative drugs on the market. Pop into the clinic and grab yours today – prevention is the most important element of treatment!!