Every year, thousands of pets are killed by the dreaded paralysis tick Ixodes Holocyclus. The tick will usually be found in grass or on shrubs waiting for a pet to brush past. Ticks will generally attach to anything that's moving and brushes past them. They will wait until an animal gets close enough and then cling onto their fur. Once on the host, they will crawl along until they find a suitable place to attach.
Once attached, the mouth parts are burrowed deep into the skin. The toxin is released into the blood stream via the saliva as the tick feeds.
The toxin can affect different pets differently. Some pets will succumb very quickly to the toxins whilst others appear to be minimally affected. This is thought to be for a number of reasons but has not been proven, including;
If you find a tick on your pet, or your pet shows the following symptoms, you should take your pet to the vet immediately.
Ticks are found along the east coast of Australia as far north as Cairns and even some northern parts of Tasmania.
Different Types Of Tick Prevention
No matter what tick prevention you use, it is recommended to undertake daily tick searches. NO Product is 100% effective
Which One Is Right For My Pet?
Determining which tick prevention is best for your pet is not easy. Here are things you should consider when determine the most suitable tick prevention;
How To Perform A Tick Check
The single most effective way of preventing tick paralysis is by performing a daily tick check on your pet. When combined with a good quality tick prevention schedule will give you as close to 100% protection as possible. Ensure you are familiar with the early symptoms of tick paralysis and take your pet to the vet early.
Follow these easy steps to perform a tick check;
1. Always start at the head
2. Remember to check in and around the ears
3. Run your fingers thoroughly through the hair feeling for any small bumps
4. Inspect any unusual bumps carefully as ticks are very small when they first attach
5. Roll your dog over to carefully inspect the tummy area
6. Look carefully around the genital area
7. If you are not sure what it is, take your pet to the vet rather then trying to pull off a nipple or wart.
8. Always check between the toes
|Written By Dr Sophie Colonna|