Paralysis Ticks infect an estimated 10,000 dogs in Australia each year, killing 500 of them! If you live on the East Cost, you need to be aware that these little bastards pose a serious risk of death to your dog. (They can do a pretty nasty job on us humans too.)
The good news is that they are easily preventable with some simple pet care and vigilance.
Here is a very helpful infographic on what you need to know about Paralysis Ticks.
- Make sure you stay current on your dog’s flea and tick prevention and thoroughly check them for ticks after any outing to the bush or woods.
- Know how to identify paralysis ticks, which can be as small as 2 millimeters wide. They generally feature a grey body with eight orange legs and a circle around their anus. Ticks are most commonly found on your dogs head, face, ears, and paws.
- If you find a tick on your dog, use a pointy-tipped tweezers to remove it. Grasp the tick as close to your dog’s skin as possible and remove the head first. Be careful not to squeeze too hard, as squashing the tick and inject more poison into your dog!
- Know the symptoms of Paralysis Tick poisoning, which include:
- a change in how their bark sounds
- panting or rapid breathing
- excessive salivation
- weak hind legs
- reluctance to get up or walk
Immediately contact your vet if your dog exhibits any of them!
Let’s keep our dogs safe this summer!