What are paralysis ticks?
The paralysis tick is a parasite which is found all along the east coast of Australia. Paralysis ticks are a common parasite, particularly during spring and autumn. A paralysis ticks feed on the hosts blood before injecting saliva into the host animals blood stream, spreading toxins into the body that interrupt the connection between nerves and muscles in the body. This will, in most cases, lead to paralysis of the host.
Signs of tick paralysis
- Uncoordinated movements
- Changes to appetite
- Vomiting, coughing, retching
- Excessive salivation
- Change in bark or meow
- Changes or difficulties in breathing pattern
If you find a paralysis tick on your pet, take them to the vet immediately so it can be removed and treatment can be started to stop the effects of the toxin.
Treatment for tick paralysis
- Injection of the paralysis tick anti-toxin
- An injection of an anti-emetic to stop or reduce vomiting
- IV (intravenous) fluids
- Hospitalisation for observations
- Oxygen Therapy to help ease breathing difficulties
There are many preventative measures you can use to protect your pet from tick paralysis. These include:
- Monthly chews for dogs
- Three monthly topical spot-on for cats
- Six monthly ropical spot-on for dogs
Ask our friendly reception staff about the best preventative measures for your pet today.