Ticks are parasites that feed on animal and human blood. In QLD ticks are quite common and pose a real danger to your pets.There are many types of ticks – and here we warn about the dangers of the paralysis tick (Ixodes holocyclus).

Ticks prefer bushland and long grass, along riverbanks and waterways.  They can be found all year round but September through to March is the worst time. You should be particularly mindful of periods of rain followed by warmer weather.

Ticks have four stages of development – egg to larvae to nymph to adult.  The whole cycle usually takes about a year from egg to adult. Between each stage ticks must have a blood meal and they move from host to host for each stage.  Possums and other native animals can carry ticks (and fleas) into surbuban envionments. 

A paralysis tick hosting on your dog or cat will inject a toxin into them as it feeds.  Cats tend to show more resistance than dogs to the poison.  The symptoms though are similar for both.   Early signs can include a change in voice (meow or bark) and weakness in the back legs.  Worsening signs include difficulty breathing and inability to stand.  If you have found a paralysis tick on your dog or cat seek medical attention.

Using Frontline for Tick Control

Protecting your dog from ticks using Frontline Plus Spot-On Flea Treatment or Frontline Plus Spray

In addition to regular checks for ticks on your dog a quality tick control preventative treatment is recommended.

Frontline Plus for Dogs is a spot-on flea and tick treatment.  It should be used every two weeks for maximum protection from paralysis tick.  It also provides flea control for up to four weeks.  Frontline Plus is safe to use on dogs and puppies from 8 weeks of age.  Frontline Spray can be used every three weeks for tick protection.  

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Protecting your cat from ticks using Frontline Plus Spray

In addition to regular checks for ticks on your cat a quality tick control preventative treatment is recommended.

Frontline Plus Spray is the only flea treatment for cats that will also provide tick protection.  It can be used on all breeds of cat and kittens from 8 weeks of age.  For maximum protection it is recommended to use Frontline Spray on your cat every three weeks.  Apply to a completely dry coat and avoid wetting your cat for 48 hours after application.

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Help protect your dog or cat from ticks with Frontline.