TICK BITE PARALYSIS

Tick Paralysis is a medical emergency that requires prompt treatment as soon as clinical signs are noted

Tick Paralysis is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by the Paralysis Tick Ixodes Holocyclus. A vast majority of cases are seen in spring and summer months. The toxin injected by the paralysis tick causes neuromuscular paralysis, resulting in clinical signs such as hindlimb weakness, coughing or gagging, lethargy, excessive salivation, vomiting or regurgitation, and difficulty breathing. If you notice any of these signs, please call us immediately on 4256 3638 or our emergency hotline if you are out of clinic hours. 

 

The best way to prevent tick paralysis is to  ensure your pets are to date with tick preventative treatments, especially during the spring and summer months (October through to March). It is also important to perform a tick search every few days or after you have been walking in the bush to ensure there are no ticks attached to your pet. 

 

This map charts all the latest tick reports in the area