August is tick awareness month
Time to get excited, Spring is nearly here! The weather is getting warmer, the mornings are lighter and the smell of Jasmine is in the air! 🌼
But one thing not to get excited about is ticks!! 😱
August is Tick Awareness Month and it is timed to coincide with the beginning of tick season here in Australia which is Spring and early Summer.
So now is the perfect time for us dog owners to be compliant and make sure we are on top of tick control. 🐶
Here is a reminder about what you should know about the horrible parasite they call a tick!
The Paralysis tick is found along the east coast of Australia. In Sydney, they can be found all year long but as mentioned the main season begins in Spring.
Ticks crawl onto dogs and bury their heads deep into the skin. When they first attach, they are very small, they will spend some time sucking blood before they inject toxin and cause illness. 🩸
SIGNS OF TICK PARALYSIS
* Wobbly legs, uncoordinated and weak
* Difficulty breathing or panting
* Change in their bark
* Progressive paralysis and respiratory failure
The symptoms of tick intoxication will usually start anywhere from 48 hours after the tick attaches and can even take up to a week before any symptoms develop.
HOW TO FIND TICKS ON YOUR DOG
It is good to give your dog a thorough check to help you find ticks. Run your fingers over them, parting their fur around their neck, ears and tail. If you feel a very small bump, it could be a tick.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A TICK ON YOUR DOG
If you suspect tick paralysis, contact your vet immediately.
If not, then you should try not to squeeze the engorged abdomen. It is best to use tick twisters or tweezers. If you are unsure how to remove the tick, leave it for the vet to remove. If you do remove it at home, it is a good idea to keep the tick to show your vet.