I discovered my first tick of the season last week on the neck of my human friend. It proved a timely reminder to prompt my clients to daily tick check their dogs.
- Prevention is better than cure. The effects of paralysis ticks can be severe and often fatal. Don’t take any chances, use a product that kills common ticks and repels paralysis ticks. Ask your vet for a recommendation or look for a product that specifies paralysis ticks.
- Run your hands through your dog’s coat, feel for bumps with your fingers. Pay attention to the head, neck, chest, mouth, gums and between the toes. If you find a tick remove it immediately with a special tick removal tool or otherwise, fine-tipped tweezers.
Daily tick checking isn’t a chore, it’s another way we can spend time with our dog and allows them to practice ‘stays’ and ‘calm’ while being handled.
Thanks to our friends at Point Clare Veterinary Hospital you can download a great app First Aid For Pets Australia. “In an emergency situation, like tick paralysis, first-aid could save your pet’s life.” They have also provided us with a very handy chart which shows the life cycles and seasonal activity of paralysis, bush and brown ticks. It’s a useful reference guide.
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Download First Aid for Pets Australia
iTunes App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/first-aid-for-pets/id799460675?mt=8