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Recommended Tick prevention in cats

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  1. Avoid the tick habitat during tick season such as bush / scrub, wetland areas (July – Dec in the Brisbane area)
  2. Finger-tip search your pets daily for ticks
    - Ticks have to be attached 36-48hrs to cause problems
    - Feel all over the body using your finger-tips
    - Start at the head and then systematically check your pet all over to the tip of their tail!
    - Don’t forget eyes, inside the mouth, ears, groin, armpits, between the toes, any skin folds,   remove collar and check neck etc.
    - Investigate any small lumps found
  3. Remove Ticks 
    - If you find a tick remove it immediately (Some cats can be infested with many ticks at one time so don’t forget to check for more!)
    - This is done by grasping the tick with fingernails, a pair of tweezers or a tick-removing device as close to the cat’s body as possible. A short, sharp tug  will dislodge the tick which can then be killed
    - Then keep your pet quiet and observe for the next 48hrs as signs of toxicity may occur after the tick has been removed
                     Remember if you are worried then contact us immediately as the sooner we treat the better!
  4. Use a tick prevention product:
    - Frontline Spray is the only registered product safe to use in cats. Other tick products for dogs etc. are often TOXIC to cats

Spotting the signs of Tick Paralysis and what to do next

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Ticks are skin parasites that feed on your dog’s blood. There are 3 types of tick in Australia – Bush, Brown and Paralysis ticks

The bite itself is not usually painful, but the parasite can transmit diseases which can lead to death. Tick control is therefore important especially during PEAK tick season (July-Dec in Brisbane).

Paralysis Ticks (pictured)

This is the single most dangerous parasite for dogs in Queensland and throughout the eastern coast of Australia. Tick paralysis can also affect cats too. Paralysis ticks inject a toxin which paralyses their legs and breathing and can lead to death. Just one tick is capable of causing paralysis and death.

Signs of Tick Paralysis

If you notice ANY of the following symptoms, then you MUST take your pet to the vet for immediate. The sooner your pet is treated, the better chance of survival they have:

  • Change of bark or mieow
  • Lethargy, depression, decreased ability to exercise
  • Loss of coordination in the hind legs (wobbly or not being able to get up)
  • Loss of appetite, retching, coughing or vomiting
  • Laboured or rapid breathing