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It's raining cats and dogs!

Updated: Nov 30, 2023

Just a reminder due to the wet weather that paralysis ticks will be out in force again.

Signs to watch out for in our pets are:

· a loss or change in bark or meow

· wobbly back legs

· breathing seems to take more effort

· gagging, regurgitation or vomiting

If you notice your pet displaying any of these signs immediately check for ticks over their body focusing mainly over their head, neck and front legs by working your fingers through their coat. A lot of the time you will feel the tick rather than see it initially. They are not always easy to find!

If a tick is found it is best to remove it either with your fingers or tweezers at the base in order to halt the toxin from being excreted into your animal and call us at Goodna Vet immediately. Many owners are concerned about leaving the head of the tick in their animal if they try to remove the tick themselves but this is less important than making sure the source of the toxin is removed. Squeezing the tick during removal does not increase the toxicity.

Treatment with tick antiserum will only neutralise toxin circulating in system, it cannot reverse the signs of tick paralysis. This is why early identification, removal and treatment of even mild cases of tick paralysis is so important to prevent our animals from getting any sicker.

There are many forms of tick prevention now available to us as owners. As much as these forms of prevention work very well they can never be 100% effective and so daily tick searching our animals is still recommended. We now even have tick prevention for cats. Give us a call on 07 3288 1822 and talk to our veterinary team about which prevention is best for your animals.

Dr David


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