Tick Control

The most common ticks infesting dogs in Australia are the paralysis tick, the brown dog tick, and the bush tick.

The paralysis tick is one of the most dangerous parasites that can affect your pet. Tick paralysis is estimated to affect tens of thousands of dogs and cats every year in Australia, with many animals dying. The greatest risk is associated with high numbers of adult ticks in spring and summer, but ticks are still active all year round. Pets of any age can be affected.

Paralysis ticks are found on the east coast of Australia, from northern Queensland to Victoria.

How do I know if my dog has tick paralysis?

Signs of tick paralysis include: loss of coordination in the hind legs (wobbly or not being able to get up) which may progress to the front legs, change in bark or voice, retching, coughing or vomiting, loss of appetite, or change in breathing (laboured or rapid breathing).  Any of these signs may indicate the presence of a paralysis tick. If your pet shows any of these signs you should seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.



What to do if my pet has tick paralysis If you think your pet has been affected by a paralysis tick then contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Don't offer your pet food or water as tick poisoning can affect their ability to swallow.

What should I do if my pet has a tick?  If you find a tick on your pet remove it as soon as possible and contact your veterinarian if you have any concerns.

How do I remove a tick? Removing a tick can be difficult, most important is to avoid squeezing the body of the tick otherwise you release more toxins. Use tweezers or a tick removal tool and grab the tick by its head as close to as possible to where it enters the skin. Twist the tick, then pluck it away from the skin taking care not to squeeze the body. Remember to search your pet for more ticks.

How do I tick search my pet?  Run your fingers through your pet's coat with enough pressure on the skin to feels any lumps. Pay particular attention to those hidden or hard to reach areas like in the ears, around the eyes, between the toes, under the chin and collar and around the anal area. Even if you find one tick keep checking the whole body to be sure. 

How to reduce the risk of tick paralysis

  • The most effective prevention is using tick prevention products year round.
  • Searching your pet daily for ticks is also recommended. Tick prevention products will greatly reduce the risk of tick paralysis, however it only takes one tick to cause paralysis.
We are more than happy to show you how to do a thorough tick search and advise you on a treatment that best suits your budget and lifestyle. Contact one of our clinics.