Flea and tick season is upon us and most vet clinics around Mackay have already seen their fair share of paralysis tick cases. We at Northern Beaches Veterinary Hospital have certainly seen quiet a number of cases. I have even treated a paralysed horse and historically horses are a species which are resistant to the neurotoxin which the tick injects.
The paralysis tick (Ixodes Holocyclus) is most prevalent in Queensland from September through till April, however I have seen cases in every month of the year.
The carriers of this nasty little creature are primarily the bandicoot and wallaby both of which exist in abundance around Mackay. So if you live in any of the bordering regions of Mackay then it is of paramount importance that your pets are adequately protected.
There are so many products available on the market today that all offer wonderful protection. However I personally feel more reassured when using a product which is in tablet/ chewable form, with the protection working from the inside out.
Did you know there are two great products that have recently been released that are in a chewable tablet form?
Nexgard is a once a month chewable tablet and Bravecto is a chewable tablet given every 3 months. Both of these excellent products cover for fleas, ticks and specifically paralysis tick. This is a huge comfort to us who lead such busy lives and especially to those of us who own animals who love being in the water, as these are products that work from the inside out.
The venom of the paralysis tick is a neurotoxin that enters the blood stream and travels to the nervous system where it then causes paralysis.
Some signs that your dog or cat may have a paralysis tick are:-
- A change in voice (bark or meow)
- Laboured breathing
- In dogs a deep throat clearing ‘cack’
- And/or hind leg wobbliness is a sure giveaway
Cat’s clinical signs do mimic dogs, except some cats do become frenzied when they have a paralysis tick.
Checking your dog or cat every day for paralysis ticks is a good routine to get into. The entire body should be checked but specific attention should be made around the head and neck area.
If you find a tick on your pet or are unsure if your pet may be affected by a paralysis tick please don’t hesitate to contact your local veterinarian for advice.
The Northern Beaches Veterinary Hospital can be contacted 24/7 on (07) 4954 6258.