Coming into the wet season ticks become a problem in northern NSW and QLD. There are a number of types of ticks, some of which are a nuisance such as the bush tick, right through to Paralysis Tick which causes many fatalities each year. Whilst more common in dogs than cats (probably due to grooming habits), cats can still be affected. Prevention is the key or if your pet is unfortunate enough to be affected, very prompt Veterinary attention is required.
Signs of Tick Paralysis include
- Weak or collapsing in the hindquarters
- Not able to or reluctant to stand
- Coughing, retching, vomiting
- A change in breathing pattern
What to do if you find a tick?
- Remove the tick/s.
- If showing any of the above signs, contact the vet clinic and transport to the Vet ASAP.
- Bring the tick in a jar for identification.
- If your pet is not showing any of the above signs, keep all activity and excitement to a minimum for 3 days and monitor closely for any symptoms developing.
- Be cautious – even if the dog or cat is showing no signs it can still develop tick paralysis.