On the mend: Timbertown Vet Hospital’s Alison Stuart with Sam, who was being treated for tick paralysis.Petowners should be on high alert for ticks at this time of year.
According to Timbertown Vet Hospital’s Alison Stuart ticks can seriously impact our furry friends’ health and are very common in the Hastings’ warm climate and dense bushland.
With recent research revealing that 88 per cent of dog owners are either not using a tick control product or are not using it frequently enough, local pet owners are being urged to take action and educate themselves about the warning signs.
Some of the signs that may indicate that a pet is suffering from tick paralysis include: loss of coordination in the hind legs, not being able to stand up, vomiting, loss of appetite, lethargy, difficulty or rapid breathing, change in bark or meow and excessive salivation.
The best way to protect your pet from ticks is through prevention.
Mrs Stuart said it’s important that pet owners search their pet’s coat daily, especially after long walks or when your pet has been exposed to bushland or long grass.
If you are applying preventative treatments, ensure it is applied in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions – and remember that no treatment is 100 per cent reliable.
“Most importantly, you need to get your pet to a vet immediately if you see signs of tick paralysis,” Mrs Stuart said.
The three most common ticks found in NSW are the brown dog tick, the bush tick and the paralysis tick, which are spread across the state’s eastern coastal strip and inland for about 30 kilometres.
Of most concern is Ixodes holocyclus or the paralysis tick as it is commonly known.
Attaching themselves to cats or dogs easily as they explore, they start to feed on the pet and secrete a toxin that affects the nervous system.
If untreated, a bite from a paralysis tick can be fatal.
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