How to protect your pet against paralysis ticks.
AWLQ Senior Shelter Veterinarian Dr Bridget Brown said treatment of paralysis tick could cost thousands of dollars and was potentially fatal.
“Prevention is by far the best option for you and your pet,” Dr Brown said.
“These days there are many preventative treatments that last one month to several months and are often included in a pet’s flea or worming treatment.
“Check with your local vet to see which treatment suits you and your pet best.”
“The most high-risk tick is the paralysis tick which can cause serious illness or even kill your pet,” Dr Brown said.
“Other common ticks that are of less concern are bush ticks, cattle ticks and brown dog ticks.”
Dr Brown said the warmer summers months, typically from October to March, saw tick numbers at their highest but they were present all year round.
“Warm weather and rain contribute to higher numbers of ticks and tick cases,” she said.
“Ticks are most prevalent in bush areas, areas where there is long grass or paddocks and wildlife.
“Most people who live in suburban areas might think this excludes them but if there are pockets of bush near your house or you take your dog to the park, your pet could be at risk of picking up a tick.”
For more information on ticks to go the AWLQ website.
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