Its that time of year again..
It's that time of year again where we are starting to see ticks, so please make sure to keep your furbabies up to date with tick and flea prevention!
Paralysis ticks are one of the most dangerous ticks, they contain a toxin that when injected can cause paralysis which can be life-threatening. They are mainly found in the east coast of Australia, and live in bushy areas and long grass. They are most common in spring and early summer, but can be seen all year round.
Signs of tick paralysis: - Uncoordination - Weakness - Collapse - Vomiting or retching - Difficulty breathing
Prevention is the best cure, as treatment can be a long and costly process, and recovery isn't always guaranteed. There are a number of excellent tick prevention products, we highly recommend: - Bravecto spot on: available for cats and dogs. Lasts six months for dogs, 3 months for cats. - Bravecto chew: available for dogs. Lasts three months. - Nexgard/Nexgard spectra: available for dogs. Lasts one month.
Other tips for tick prevention: - Avoid bush habitats if possible. Before visiting tick-prone areas, even only for short periods, use preventatives. - Have long-haired pets clipped to make it easier to find ticks. - Check pets for ticks every day (front legs, neck, face and ears are common targets).
Tick diagram sourced from: https://puppytales.com.au/tick-paralysis-the-miniature.../