Paralysis Ticks are very unforgiving and can be fatal!
Paralysis Ticks love warm, moist, hot areas - including your dogs bed, the beach, shrub area such as Coombabah Lake.
The toxins released by ticks cause lower motor neuron paralysis, which is defined as a loss of voluntary movement.
Symptoms of Paralysis Tick include:
Uncoordination, Weakness, Collapse, Vomiting or retching, Change of bark or meow & Difficulty breathing
If ticks are found near the eyes they can make the eyelids paralysed and stop blinking which can cause the eyes to dry out and become damaged.
Clipping your dog or cat’s coat short, especially during the tick season, makes performing tick searches much easier.
If you have found a tick, you should use a tick remover to detach it from the skin ASAP! Don't apply alcohol, mineral oil or petroleum jelly to the tick.
Even once a paralysis tick has been removed it is possible for a dog or cat that was previously unaffected to start to show signs of tick paralysis. Also dogs and cats that are showing signs of paralysis can deteriorate further even after the tick has been removed.
The longer that the pet is left without treatment, the harder the paralysis is to treat, the treatment takes a lot longer and is a lot riskier! If your pet has any symptoms or you find a tick, get to the vet ASAP!
We highly recommend having your pet on a Tick preventative such as Bravecto or Nexgard! We are pretty excited that Bravecto will also be available for cats soon! We will let you know when we have it in stock :)
🐾💕 The Team at The Point Vet