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One of the biggest concern for dogs owners in Australia is the Paralysis tick (Ixodes Holocyclus), causing a fatality rate of over 1000 dogs per year in Australia.

One of the biggest concern for dogs owners in Australia is the Paralysis tick (Ixodes Holocyclus), causing a fatality rate of over 1000 dogs per year in Australia.

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  • 1. Paralysis Ticks Prevention is always better than cure
  • 2. One of the biggest concern for dogs owners in Australia is the Paralysis tick (Ixodes Holocyclus), causing a fatality rate of over 1000 dogs per year in Australia.
  • 3. • Paralysis ticks are commonly found along the east coast of Australia, from Lakes Entrance in Victoria to Cape York in Queensland. • Paralysis ticks survive in the warmer months - from spring to late autumn, however can be found all year in northern and coastal areas of Australia. • They usually dwell around bushland, particularly around long grass and moist areas, however they can also be found in other areas. Where are paralysis ticks found?
  • 4. • Only the adult female paralysis tick will attach to your dog. Once attached the tick feeds on the blood and produces a toxin contained within its saliva. • The toxin affects your dog's central nervous system and cause gradual paralysis. • The clinical signs only become noticeable 3 to 4 days after attachment. If left untreated, paralysis leads to death. How do paralysis ticks harm your dog?
  • 5. • Change in tone of bark • Weakness in the back legs, progressing to the front legs • Wobbling and loss of coordinated • Regurgitation or vomiting • Laboured breathing If your dog is suffering from any of these signs, take your dog immediately to a veterinarian. What are the symptoms of tick paralysis?
  • 6. • Avoid tick areas when possible. • Use an effective paralysis tick control product to help prevent ticks from attaching to your dog. • Check your dog for ticks daily – carefully feel all over your dog paying particular attention to the chest, neck and head area, inside the ears, between the toes. The majority of ticks are found on the front half of the dog. • Clip long haired dogs to make daily checking easier. How can you protect your dog?
  • 7. • There are a variety of products on the market to help prevent paralysis tick, including tick collars, spot-on’s and sprays. • These products offer varying protection, your veterinarian can help select a product that best suits your needs. • Whatever product you use, it is still important to check your dog daily for ticks - prevention is always better than cure.
  • 8. For more information on tick control visit www.virbac.com.au