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Shae Killey3 years ago

Avoid and eliminate ticks on your Townsville pet

If you own a pet, it's your responsibility to ensure that they are looked after and kept healthy. Part of this includes regular checks for paralysis ticks, especially in more rural areas. While these parasites are extremely tiny, they can have devastating effects on your pet's health - and if left untreated can be fatal. Ticks thrive in warmer climates and while it's currently winter in Townsville, temperatures are still warm enough to encourage these parasites out of hiding. Hopefully after reading this article you can learn to prevent ticks, as well as spot the signs and symptoms early enough to potentially save your furry family member's life.

What are paralysis ticks?

Put simply, paralysis ticks are tiny blood-sucking parasites that attach themselves to a living host and deliver a deadly toxin, which can make their hosts very ill. Ticks prefer bushy terrain and long grass, so your pets are most at risk when out walking in these environments. Tick paralysis is a serious problem vets encounter and the sooner your pet is seen to, the more chance they have of making a recovery.


Warning signs

If your pet is exhibiting any of the following symptoms please head to one of the below Townsville vets.

Early signs

– Any pitch changes in your cat’s meow or your dog’s bark.
– Showing any signs of weakness in the back legs.
– If your pet is vomiting, particularly more than once in a day.

Later signs

– Increasingly unstable hind legs.
– Excessive salivation and continued vomiting.
– Excessive and unnecessary panting.
– If your dog or cat is exhibiting a moist cough or having trouble breathing.

Fatal signs

– Your pet is unable to stand at all.
– Noticeably increased trouble with breathing.
– Gums become cold and have a tinge of blue.


The residual effect

Many Townsville pet owners fall for the same misconception that once you’ve found and removed the tick, your pet is now safe. If you’ve found a tick on your cat or dog, there’s a chance it has left a residual poison under their skin, which can be slowly absorbed. This means you should still take your pet to a vet and get professional advice.


Treating and preventing fleas

While preventative products can be purchased and applied to your pet, it is impossible to completely stop a tick from attaching itself to your dog or cat. We suggest heading to your local Townsville vet and having them seen to. They will provide you with all the information, advice and tick prevention products your four-legged friend will need. We’ve supplied you with a couple of the best vets in the Townsville region for you to seek some tick help.

4 Paws Veterinarians

The staff at 4 Paws Veterinarians will treat your pet like they are family, so book an appointment today. Whether you’re worried your pet is showing symptoms of tick poisoning or you just need a general check up, the team of veterinarians at this clinic will be happy to help. They also administer vaccinations, take x-rays and perform dental work if you were looking for a new regular vet to take your cat or dog.
Where: 383 Charles Street Kirwan QLD

Palms Veterinarian Group Pty Ltd

Palms Veterinarian Group stock some of the best products on the market for keeping your cat or dog tick free. So bring them in today and have the friendly vets give them a hands on check, as well as talking you through the tick prevention process. Perhaps your pet is acting strangely? You can never be too careful! With experienced staff and all the latest technology, the team at Palms Veternarian Group have everything they need to give your pet the best possible care.
Where: 223 Charters Towers Road Mysterton QLD


Have you ever found a tick on your pet? Let us know your story in the comments below!

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