Ipswich Vet Group, caring for local pets since 1967
All Hours: (07) 3282 900939-51 Junction Road, Karalee, QLD 4306
What a wonderful country we live in. With vast diversity in climate, landscape and creatures.
Our country is renowned for the big things. Large open spaces, large spiders, large salt water crocodiles, large mosquitos, large flys, large (redundant when the next word is great) great white sharks and the list goes on. However it is one of the very smallest of creatures that causes a great deal of pain for our much loved pets, the paralysis tick.
The paralysis tick is a year round risk for our pets, but the severity of incidents involving our pets and paralysis ticks is generally seasonal. Humid climate is essential for the survival of the paralysis tick. With adult paralysis ticks active from August through to February each year with population peaking around the month of December.
We are already seeing a large number of tick cases in both cats and dogs that have not been protected by preventative measures such as Nexgard for dogs and Frontline spray for cats. Our geographical location and climate makes our pets extremely vulnerable to the paralysis tick where no preventative measure are being taken to protect pets from contact.
In most cases pet owners are simply unaware of the threat to their pets and/or the preventative measures that could have been taken to avoid the stress, pain and financial impact of having their pet suffer the symptoms of a paralysis tick. Based on the age and overall health of your pet prior to contact with a paralysis tick and the time the tick has been actively attached to your pet the outcome can be fatal.
It is important to note that simply removing a paralysis tick will not reverse the effects of the toxin released by the tick. In most cases the pet involved will require treatment and this will almost always involve a dose of anti-serum. Your pet may appear to be displaying no ill effects or signs of paralysis at the time you find or remove a tick. This leads pet owners to believe they have eliminated the threat and don’t seek the assistance of a vet at that time. However, 24 – 72 hours later the pet may exhibit clinical symptoms which can be fatal if not treated regardless of the absence of the tick. This is why we recommend that in all cases you seek the medical advice of a vet.
Paralysis tick treatment is expensive, stressful and painful for you and your pet. We encourage you to make an appointment with one of our vets immediately if you think your pet may be showing symptoms or you have found a tick on your pet. If you would like to know more about how to protect your pet from paralysis ticks please drop in to one of our clinics and let our experienced and friendly nurses or vets help you make the right decision for you and your pet.
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