Paralysis ticks cause an ascending paralysis that starts at the hind legs, then starts to affect the breathing muscles and then the front legs.
The muscles of the throat are frequently affected and this can make swallowing difficult or can cause a change in the voice of the animal.
Affected animals are often depressed and vomiting or gagging is frequently seen. Tick paralysis can be fatal due to the paralysis itself or complications arising from the effects of difficulty swallowing and inhaling food or vomit or heart arrhythmias.
If your pet is showing signs of tick paralysis you should:
Keep your pet calm and quiet
Don’t give them anything to eat or drink, as this may exacerbate vomiting or cause your pet to choke.
Seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.
Search them for a tick and remove it. Keep the tick so we can identify it.
The daily tick search: ticks can be very hard to find in your pet’s coat. Take the time to feel over your pet’s skin using your fingertips and moving against the direction of the hair coat. Pay particular attention around the face, head and neck areas as these are the most common sites for attachment of ticks.
However, ticks can attach anywhere on the body, and you must not forget to search between the toes, the armpits and groin areas.
Tick control products: there are several treatments that can help to control ticks, however they should always be used in conjunction with daily tick searching. Remember to weigh your pet so that you give the correct dose, and follow the product directions regarding applying the product and how frequently to use it.
Talk to us about tick prevention that will suit your pet.