Ticks in Winter

Even in the cooler months, it is still important to continue to protect your pet from ticks! While ticks (and pets) are generally more active in the warmer months with daylight savings allowing time for long walks in the outdoors with your pet.  But ticks are still a threat to our furry friends!  

Here at Port Macquarie, over this cooler period we have seen cases of tick paralysis present to our clinic. It is distressing both furry friends and pet parents affects both cats and dogs.  

There are many species of ticks which are harmless, but the paralysis tick can be deadly to domestic pets. Paralysis ticks are 3-5mm long and are hard to spot when they first attach to a host. The poison is injected into your pet once the tick starts feeding on blood from the host, they then become engorged and are easier to find. Paralysis ticks are located along the east coast of Australia from far north Queensland and all the way down to Victoria. If you find a tick on your pet, the best thing to do is to remove it immediately with tweezers or a specialised tick remover. It is also extremely important to bring your pet into our clinic, so our friendly team can ensure that it has been removed correctly and that your fur baby is safe from harms way!  

Symptoms of tick paralysis in domestic pets include: 

  • Hind limb paralysis 
  • Staggering or unsteadiness on their feet 
  • A dry cough and a change in their bark or meow 

Ticks are easily treated with a reliable tick treatment such as Bravecto or Nexgard and along with a tick check every day, you can ensure that your beloved pet is effectively protected from these nasty parasites!  

If you have any questions or fear that your pet may have been bitten by a tick, please call into the clinic and have a chat to our friendly nurses and vets about how to best protect your pet from ticks this winter!  

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