We had a warmer winter this year which means an early start to tick season.  If you live in a high risk tick area - like South East QLD then you need to ensure your pets are protected.

Paralysis ticks are among the most dangerous parasites that can affect your pet. It is estimated that many thousands of dogs in Australia are affected each year and, unfortunately, they can be fatal.

If you can, avoid high risk tick habitats.  Don’t take your dog walking in bush areas known to harbour ticks and keeping your lawn and shrubs short also helps.

Be sure to search your pet every day for ticks, a thorough search of your dog’s skin and coat once a day enough if tick control products have been applied.

Be systematic with your search. Ticks or tick craters can be felt as lumps on the skin surface. Search with your finger tips around your dogs and cats face, neck, and body.

As soon as you find a paralysis tick is should be removed. Quickly without squeezing the engorged abdomen. Your veterinarian can do this or show you how to. You can also use a special hook or tweezers.

In addition to daily searching, application of products specifically intended for tick control can greatly reduce the risk of tick paralysis for your pet.

There are a number of products that are used for flea control that also have good activity against ticks.

  • ADVANTIX® is for tick control in dogs and is a single application once or twice a month.  Do not use on cats and if you live in a multi-pet houshold ensure you cat keeps some distance for the first 24 hours of applying it to your dog.
  • FRONTLINE PLUS® is for tick control in dogs and should be used every two weeks.  It also has the added benefit of killing fleas in all stages of the flea lifecycle.  Please note that Frontline for Cats does not contain a tick prevention.
  • FRONTLINE SPRAY® is for use in dogs or cats and should be used every three weeks. The spray should be applied over the whole body but take special care to rub some around the head, neck and legs using rubber gloves.  Frontline Spray is the only tick preventation treatment available for Cats.

While treatment greatly reduces the risk of tick paralysis, use of the product does not guarantee prevention of all cases of tick paralysis because ticks are not killed immediately after contact. It is therefore essential that you continue to search your dog daily after each application. If ticks are found during this search, they should be removed immediately.  If in doubt seek assistance from your local vet.

Advantix

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Advantix

Frontline Plus

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Frontline Plus

Brown Ticks

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 Brown Ticks

Paralysis Ticks

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 Paralysis Ticks

Tips for Better Tick Control

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 Tick Control Tips

 

 

** Article sourced from Just for Pets.  Pets Unleashed is a member of the Just for Pets buying group.