Most people are aware of paralysis ticks and the danger they pose to our pets. The life cycle has multiple stages, including the eggs, larvae, nymphs and adult forms. When a tick attaches to their host, they inject a toxin as they feed which causes paralysis in the host. It generally takes about 4 days of attachment before clinical signs start to show- these signs include difficulty eating and drinking as their ability to swallow is affected, difficulty walking or standing, and changes to their normal breathing rate and pattern.
Though we know paralysis ticks can provide problems year round for our pets, there is a period during the year between August and February where they pose a greater threat. There are some exciting new products on the market to control ticks in dogs, which are very effective to prevent tick paralysis. Call the surgery on 3807 3699 to discuss your options, or simply ask next time you’re here!