Prevention is always better than a cure when it comes to protecting your pet from ticks - and protecting your pet with an effective paralysis tick control product is essential.  So what product should you use?  It can be a bit confusing.

We're here to help.  Here's our top tick protection products:

  • Top Four Tick ProtectionFrontline Plus & Frontline Original - a well known brand of spot-on flea & tick prevention.  Must be applied every two weeks for paralysis tick protection.  Note: Frontline for Cats does not provide tick protection.
  • Advantix - a similar spot-on flea & tick treatment to Frontline.  Also helps to deter mossies.  Like Frontline, it must be applied every two weeks for paralysis tick protection.  For dogs only (and is toxic to cats).
  • Frontline Spray - a spray flea & tick option that needs to be evenly applied to all areas of your pet on the correct dosage (eg. sprays per kg).  Provides protection for paralysis ticks for up to 3 weeks.  Can be used on dogs and cats.

If you're using one of these already then great.  If you're not - and want your pet to be protected - then we've made it simpler to work out what you need to do below.  The easiest way to distinguish between the options you have available is to first ask a question about how you currently treat your pet for heartworm.

If your dog gets a yearly heartworm injection, then chances are you are using a flea product (like Comfortis, Panoramis, Advantage, etc.) and supplementing this with some form of intestinal worming (like Drontal, Milbemax, Paraguard).

To cover for ticks in this scenario simply swap your flea product for one of the options from our top four tick protection list.

If your dog does not have a yearly heartworm injection, then chances are you are using a product that covers both flea and worming in one (like Sentinal or Advocate).

Our recommendation in this instance is to swap to a product like Interceptor for your monthly worming needs (heartworm & intestinal worming) and then choose a flea and tick cover from one of the options from our top four tick protection list.

For cats, your choice of flea & worming protection is quite often driven by whether your furry friend will take a worming tablet or not.  Revolution and Advocate both offer Flea & Worming in a convenient spot-on solution.  If worming tablets or worming pastes are not an issue for you then Frontline Spray combined with a separate worming solution is a good option.

Hopefully that all makes some sense.  If not, don't worry, we'd be happy to chat with you to work out which option best suits you and your pet.

So what are the signs of tick poisoning?

The paralysis tick injects a toxin into its host dog or cat as it feeds. The signs are similar for both pets:

  • Loss of appetite, dry retching or vomiting, especially if it happens several times in a day and you see froth.
  • A change in their bark or meow, coughing
  • Panting, progressing to loud breathing, even grunting noises.
  • Weakness in the back legs, sitting down suddenly, wobbly & uncoordinated

If left to run its course, paralysis tick poisoning will be fatal.  

Use a tick preventative, inspect your pet regularly, and seek veterinary assistance if you find a tick on your pet or see the signs of tick poisoning.