The warmer weather can bring about more ticks. Ticks can be a threat to pets, so it’s important understand what you can do to protect them.
There are two main types of ticks in Australia that can affect pets, brown ticks and paralysis ticks. Ticks are parasites. The way they survive, and grow is by attaching to a ‘host’ and feeding off their blood. Paralysis ticks can be deadly for pets. They inject a neurotoxin into the bloodstream which can cause paralysis of the muscles. Brown ticks can cause skin irritation and infection.
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Protecting your pets
Ticks are most common in the warmer months, but can be found all year round. Ticks are commonly found in long grass and dense bush areas. If you live near the bush, keep your dogs and cats away from those areas. Maintain your garden and keep grass trim and other bushes tidy. There are many products on the market that protect pets from ticks. It’s important to know that different pets will require different products. Talk to your vet about the best option. There are also tick collars which repel ticks.
Checking your pet
During the warmer months, you should check your cat and dog daily for ticks. Wear gloves and search your pet. Check their arms, legs, back and head. Feel for any small hard lumps. A vet can show you how to remove a tick, however if you find one on your pet you should remove it immediately. Stay calm and keep your pet calm. Use a pair of tweezers and collect it. Don’t squeeze too hard. Try to remove the whole tick. Place it in a zip lock bag with alcohol to kill it. You should take your pet to the vet straight away.
Ticks can be problematic for pet owners, however knowing about them is going to ensure you protect your pets the best you can. For further advice and information, talk to your vet.