Pet owners cannot be too careful when it comes to tick prevention and treatment. Paralysis ticks are a dangerous parasite that feed off warm blooded animals for nutrition and to breed.
Paralysis ticks are small parasites that inhabit mainly scrubby areas in the warmer, humid months – however they are present all year round. These ticks are found predominantly along the Eastern coast of Australia where they attach to your dog or cat as they brush past grass or bushes.
The paralysis tick produces a neurotoxin, which is absorbed into the blood and then gradually diffuses into the nervous system, causing progressive flaccid paralysis of all muscles.
What are the signs of Tick Paralysis?
The early signs of tick paralysis may be a change of bark/meow or exaggerated swallowing, this can then progress to wobbliness in their back legs, almost as if they are drunk, laboured breathing and vomiting if left undiagnosed and treated.
While signs vary from patient to patient, the usual course is a progressive paralysis with complete loss of use of back and front legs. Some animals, especially cats may become distressed, anxious and confused.
If you find a tick on your pet or your pet is displaying these symptoms, please call your local Greencross Vets on 1300 473 369 for advice immediately.
How do I protect my pet from Paralysis Ticks?
Prevention is the best cure and there are simple steps you can take to help to protect your pet from tick paralysis. If your pet wanders into long grass, undergrowth, under trees or if you have native wildlife close to your pet’s environment, they are at high risk.
Daily tick searches and preventative products are highly recommended. You can do this by running your fingertips through your pet’s coat and checking the whole skin surface. Be vigilant when checking around the head, mouth, neck, chest and shoulders.
Your local Greencross Vets can recommend the best tick prevention products to ensure that dealing with the stressful and often heartbreaking effects of a paralysis tick is something you’ll never have to encounter.
If you suspect that your pet has a paralysis tick, please call your local Greencross Vets on 1300 473 369 (1300 GREENX) for advice immediately.