Protect your pet, it’s tick season

LOOK OUT: Spring means tick season. At AHT vets we have seen five tick paralysis cases in just two weeks affecting both pet dogs and cats.

LOOK OUT: Spring means tick season. At AHT vets we have seen five tick paralysis cases in just two weeks affecting both pet dogs and cats.

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Spring has sprung and so have the paralysis ticks.

AHT Vets have seen five tick paralysis cases in just two weeks affecting both pet dogs and cats.

Ticks are usually reported as being maximally active mainly in spring and early summer, however it is not uncommon to see them all year round in Qld.

Early signs of tick paralysis that you may see in your pet include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Loss of voice or change in bark or meow
  • Hindlimb incoordination and weakness
  • Change in breathing rhythm, rate, depth and effort
  • Gaging, grunting or coughing, 
  • Regurgitation or vomiting

We recommend to tick search your pets daily especially focusing around the face, collar and limbs as this is where ticks are most commonly found.

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This can be done by running your hands through your pet’s coat, all over the body and feeling for any lumps on bumps, making sure to check in the ears and in the mouth also.

If you notice your pet experiencing any of the above symptoms or you find a tick on your pet, we recommend contacting your veterinarian immediately. Prevention is the best treatment for Paralysis Ticks.

At AHT Vets we have a range of options for tick prevention to suit cats and dogs of all ages and sizes and for all budgets.

Please contact Thornlands Vet Hospitals on 3286 7888 or Alexandra Hills Vet Hospitals on 3820 2066.

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