Tick Tock

Tick Tock

Tick Tock

Spring has sprung – new pollens, flowers, hotter longer days, and the emergence of the fleas and ticks!

The blood sucking demons are the most annoying thing to our pets! Flea bites, flea allergies and scratching! But ticks are a different kettle of fish entirely. There are a few different types of ticks – bush ticks, brown dog ticks and the deadly paralysis tick.

In Pine rivers we see the Paralysis tick usually seasonally from September thru to march – but for the last year – we have seen Paralysis ticks all year round.

Paralysis ticks inject a neurotoxin into the bloodstream of their host when they are taking a blood meal. This toxin causes progressive paralysis of muscles throughout the body.

If you find a tick on your pet – best to identify which one it is first – if it is light grey in colour with legs up the front end near the head it is a paralysis tick – please go to your vet straight away if your pet is exhibiting the following symptoms
  • First stages of tick poisoning is a change in bark or meow,
  • increased or laboured breathing,
  • coughing.
  • excessive salivation.
  • vomiting or regurgitation.
  • weakness in the hind legs, which typically progresses to involve the forelimbs also.
  • reluctance to get up or walk.
If left untreated your pet will get worse – not able to walk and unable to breathe. Paralysis ticks are fatal if left untreated.

Treatments can vary, but the main drug used to treat tick paralysis is an injection of hyperimmune anti-serum into the vein. This is a blood product collected from dogs that have been exposed to paralysis ticks over a long period. It contains antibodies against the toxins, so once it is given to an animal, any toxin that is still present will be removed and won't cause any more paralysis

It can take a few days to weeks to recover from tick poisoning – so prevention is better than cure!

There are a few topical, collars and oral treatments able to be given to dogs to prevent ticks!

Nexgard – an oral chew that lasts 1 month for fleas and ticks

Bravecto – an oral chew that lasts 4 months for ticks and 3 months for fleas

Seresto collar – a collar that kills fleas for 8 months and ticks for 4 months

But the newest one to the market just released is Nexgard Spectra – a monthly chew which not only prevents fleas and ticks but also heartworm and intestinal worms – so easy – don’t have to remember anything other than once a month

Adult ticks can live up to 3 years without blood meal. – so treat all year round!

If you need help with your pet meds decision give us a buzz at Vet Supersavers – 3142 3497
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