• 88% of dog owners in tick areas are either not using a tick control product or are using one but not frequently enough to prevent tick paralysis
Paralysis ticks are found along on the eastern seaboard of Australia and though cases spike in spring and summer, tick paralysis can occur in
some areas at any time of the year. If you are unsure as to whether you live in a tick area or what the risk is to your pet, speak to your local veterinarian.
If left to run its course, a case of tick poisoning goes through three stages.
- A change in voice; the meow or bark becomes softer and/or changes pitch.
- Weakness in the back legs; walking along then sitting down suddenly is a common early sign.
- Vomiting, especially if it happens several times in a day and you see froth.
- Wobbliness in the back legs.
- Excessive salivation and vomiting is not uncommon.
- Panting, progressing to loud breathing, even grunting noises.
- Many dogs will exhibit a moist cough and breathing problems before other signs. (Particularly common in King Charles spaniels, schnauzers and other short-nosed dogs, this is a dangerous sign because it may lead to pneumonia.)
- As signs of poisoning progress, the animals become unable to stand.
- Breathing becomes exaggerated and difficult.
- As breathing becomes more difficult, the gums become cold and blue-tinged. Death follows quite quickly.
Even if you use one (or a combination) of the repellents described below, you should still search you pet(s) every night during the tick season. These search-and-destroy missions become even more imperative after your animal has been in bushy terrain. A small tick missed one day is often found the next. Incidentally, tick control on dogs tends to be easier than on cats but, luckily for cats, they seem better able than dogs to remove attached ticks by scratching.
Advantix® Advantix will kill both fleas and ticks when applied every two weeks. As well, it may repel ticks. (Because it is water-safe, it is suitable for dogs that occasionally swim.) Advantix is toxic for cats. Please separate your dog and any cats on the day of application and, obviously, do not use on cats.
Permoxin® This is a most effective rinse for adult ticks as well as larval and nymph stages, offering up to one week's residual effect. Available as a concentrate, you mix Permoxin with water and use it as a soaking rinse or spray, leaving it on your dog to dry. You must be careful to sponge carefully around your dog's face to ensure thorough coverage. If you're in the habit of exercising in bushy areas, a light spray of Permoxin will give your dog(s) added protection against ticks. You can use Permoxin as often as every day if necessary.
Frontline® Plus & Original When you apply this preventative onto the skin between the shoulder blades, it spreads over the your dog's entire body, killing ticks on contact. It must be applied every two weeks, and you should not wash your dog 48 hours before or after application. Because the chemical can be diluted by daily or frequent swimming, we recommend you regularly search for ticks just in case.
Frontline Spray® This spray has three week protection from paralysis ticks if applied corrrectly. If you do use Frontline, it should be at the highest dose rate at least every two to three weeks, but no longer.
Tick collars. Inexpensive and can work well, particularly at preventing larval and nymph tick attachment.
Fido's Free-Itch Rinse Concentrate® Kills ticks on contact and prevents further attachment for up to three days.
Frontline Spray® This insecticide is effective for cats when sprayed every three weeks, but only if the coverage is thorough. Registered for tick prevention in cats, it is safe to use from just two days of age.
Please Note: Advantix and dog rinses should never be used for cats. Also, don't rely totally on products - ticks are tricky little blighters and you should check your animals every day.