Pet owners are being warned to be on the lookout for ticks, with vets seeing a staggering increase in animals being brought in with tick paralysis in recent weeks.
It’s understood the latest rain combined with early high temperatures has brought on the creepy-crawlies, with RSCPA Qld urging all pet parents to check their fur babies thoroughly.
“Our main concern is the paralysis tick,” RSPCA Qld’s Senior Veterinarian Dr Anne Chester said.
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“The paralysis tick can act very quickly and can cause severe impairment or worse. It’s a killer!”
Ms Chester said pet owners should seek advice from their vet on the best form of tick prevention.
“There are several alternatives including washes, collars, sprays, spot-ons and tablets,” she said.
But even with protection, animals are still susceptible to the tiny creatures.
“RSPCA Qld ‘s spokesman Michael Beatty is one person who can identify with the problem. His dog Hooper had a tick despite wearing a tick collar,” Ms Chester said.
“You really do need to check for ticks daily, even if they are taking tick preventives.”
An unsteady staggering gait, a dry cough and even just a change in an animal’s bark or meow could mean they’ve been infected.
“Pet owners should seek veterinary attention immediately,” RSPCA Qld emphasized.
“The sooner the antiserum is administered the less chance there is of the tick poisoning being lethal. Prompt action can and will save lives.”