The main tick of concern for pet owners is the Paralysis Tick (Ixodes holocyclus) which can cause paralysis and death within days of attachment, particularly in elderly dogs. Paralysis ticks occur naturally along the east coast of Australia and can attach to pets who visit these areas, particularly if they are allowed to run through scrub. Ticks may also hitch a ride away from coastal areas in cars, rugs, towels or on plants.
Signs of tick paralysis include weakness in legs, staggering, vomiting, difficulty breathing or altered bark.
If you suspect or find a tick on your pet, please call the clinic immediately for advice.
There are many products available for tick prevention, however no tick prevention is 100% effective and should be used in combination with thorough daily searches of your pet's coat. Searching should continue for at least 7 days after returning from a tick affected area. Using your fingers, check over the entire body especially under the collar, on the face and front, between the toes, in the ears and under the lips.