It is recommended that all pets be searched daily for ticks regardless of whether they are on a tick preventative. Searching should be over the whole body including under the tail, inside ears & between toes. Special attention should be paid to the head & neck area as 90% of paralysis ticks are found in this region. It is also advisable to clip long-haired pets during peak tick season as this will allow you to more thoroughly search your pets for ticks.
TYPES OF PREVENTATIVE TREATMENTS AVAILABLE
BRAVECTO - Bravecto is the latest breakthrough in tick prevention. Bravecto is given as a tasty oral chew once every 3 months to provide both FLEA and TICK control. Bravecto provides effective tick control with clinical trials indicating over 98% efficacy against ticks after oral administration.
TOPICAL “SPOT ON” PRODUCTS Frequent swimming or bathing may alter efficacy.
ADVANTIX - Advantix is a topical application applied FORTNIGHTLY between your dog’s shoulder blades. Advantix must not be used on cats – it is toxic to them and potentially fatal!
Frontline is also a topical product applied fortnightly between your dog’s shoulder blades. This product can be used safely on dogs and cats. Frontline is also available as a spray that is then massaged through the fur down to the skin.
TICK COLLARS – DOGS ONLY
Note: Frequent swimming or bathing will reduce the efficacy of these products.
Preventic, Kiltix and Scalibor Collars are three good brands of tick collars available for dogs. Collars are effective for 1-3 months depending on the brand and are NOT safe in puppies under 12 weeks old. Scalibor collars take two weeks to achieve full effect. Tick collars are water resistant but not waterproof and should never be worn when your dog swims or is bathed.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A TICK ON YOUR PET
If you find a tick on your pet remove it immediately!! Removal is easiest with a tick hook but also possible with fingernails or tweezers. DO NOT apply topical chemicals to kill the tick as these may cause the tick to inject further toxins and the chemicals can be harmful to your pet. We are happy to remove ticks from your pets for you. Give us a call to let us know you are on your way and we will demonstrate the best technique for quick and easy removal.
If you see any symptoms of tick paralysis contact us IMMEDIATELY.
SYMPTOMS OF TICK PARALYSIS
Paralysis ticks affect our pets in many different ways and can vary from animal to animal. Generally the tick has been attached to and feeding on your pet for two to three days before any symptoms of tick paralysis are seen. The most common symptoms of tick paralysis found in our pets are:
• Loss of co-ordination in hind limbs (pets are wobbly or unable to get up)
• Loss of appetite
• Unusual lethargy (become more sleepy than normal)
• Dilated pupils
• Change in their voice or a sudden stop barking, meowing etc
• Difficulty breathing or rapid breathing
• Retching, coughing or vomiting
Note: Animals can continue to develop symptoms and become affected by paralysis ticks for up to 72hrs after the tick has been removed so its important to keep them as cool, calm and confined as possible and watch them closely during this time period.
If any of these symptoms are noticed in your pets contact us immediately on (07)5441 3333 as your pet may require treatment for tick paralysis. Pets that are affected by the tick toxin and are not treated have a much higher risk of developing other conditions that are commonly associated with tick paralysis. These include:
• Dehydration – as pets are unable to eat or drink they can suffer from dehydration very quickly in this hot coastal climate.
• Pneumonia – pets with tick paralysis are unable to swallow properly and as a result food or water can enter their lungs while they are attempting to eat or drink.
• Heart (cardiac) problems - the toxin injected by the paralysis tick whilst feeding causes stress to all the muscles of your pet’s body. The cardiac system of your pet’s body is controlled by one major muscle, the heart. While not as common we do see pets suffer from heart issues and even die from heart attacks due to too much stress being placed on a weakened heart. If your pet has a pre-existing heart condition, then this is a significant risk
• Bowel and Urinary issues – the paralysis caused by the paralysis tick’s toxin can mean that affected pets have no control over their bowel or bladder function and as a result can find they are unable to properly relieve themselves. This can cause major complications for your pets!!
To avoid these and many other potential complications with your pets if any of the above symptoms are noticed or even if you pet just seems ‘not quite right’ the best course of action is to seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.
We are here to help so if at any time you have questions or are concerned about tick paralysis and your pet please do not hesitate to contact us on (07)5441 3333.