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How to avoid the deadly dangers of the Paralysis Tick

As a pet owner it is up to you to put a tick prevention program in place to give your pet every chance they have of being safe during tick season. Knowing all the dangers, spotting the signs and using the right preventative treatments as well as daily searching is a combination that will have a good chance of keeping ticks away. Paralysis ticks are deadly creatures and one of the most dangerous threats that our pets are faced with each year. This month's article will give all pet owners everything that is needed to know about avoiding the deadly dangers of the Paralysis Tick.

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The deadly facts

  • They cause severe cardiac, respiratory and muscle weakness, eventually killing their prey after only 4-5 days of attachment.
  • Paralysis ticks (Ixodes holocyclus) are a major problem especially along the eastern coast of Australia.
  • Tick season tends run from August to February, with the worst months Oct to Dec.
  • Paralysis tick poisoning in pets is fatal in most cases if not treated.
  • Paralysis ticks also cause number of different serious problems in humans ranging from allergic reactions, paralysing toxicity and the transmission of infectious diseases

Spotting the signs

Spotting the warning signs that suggest your pet has become victim to a paralysis tick may end up saving your beloved animals life. The first signs often will involve your pet's throat or back legs not working properly. They will generally cough, gag and wobble as they try to walk properly. They may also experience heavy breathing, vomiting and a change to their overall vocal sound. The symptoms will worsen over time and eventuate into subsequent loss of use of the back and then front legs. Behaviour of pets will often see the animals become distressed, anxious and overall very dazed and confused. The tick eventually destroys the ability for animals to breathe in enough oxygen as the lungs develop congestion and the chest muscles become paralysed.

What to do if you find a tick

If you do discover a tick on your pet then you must act as fast as possible to stop your pet becoming fully paralysed. It is recomennded to take the following actions as quick as possible as when animals are fully paralysed the chances of saving them become greatly reduced.

  • Do not give anything by mouth - they may have trouble swallowing. 
  • Contact your vet immediately
  • Keep your pet cool and as calm as possible.
  • Remove the tick(s) immediately and take to the vet with your cat or dog.

Preventing the Paralysis Tick

Prevention is the key to helping your pets fight against ticks. Choose one of the available treatments and keep on top of your dosages to ensure your pet is being protected. Keep in mind that no product is guaranteed to be effective in every situation so it is crucial to perform daily checks on your pet to spot any ticks that might be on your pet.

For the best protection available it is recommended that dog owners in high danger areas use a combination of products such as Frontline Spray, Frontline Plus or Advantix applied every 2 weeks and a tick collar such as the Preventic Collar or Kiltix Collar.

Cat owners in high risk areas should use Frontline Spray every 3 weeks. For those cats that won’t be sprayed, there is no real effective preventative available but we still recommend Frontline Plus for Cats. This product has no actual claim for prevention of ticks in cats, but it appears to work quite well when applied every 14 days.

Purchase your tick preventative now! 

Frontline Plus
Frontline Plus 
Preventic Collar
Preventic Collar
Kiltix Collar
Kiltix Tick Collar
Frontline Spray
Frontline Spray