With lockdown out of the way and Easter near, the coast calling and it's time to make sure your pets are protected against paralysis ticks.
Fortunately, paralysis ticks do not live here on the Border, however local vets have treated several cases of paralysis tick from people travelling from the coast back to the area.
If you are taking your pet with you to the coast, it is important that you seek professional advice about an appropriate prevention prior to your departure.
It is also important to note that ticks can be transported on clothing, vehicles and plants.
Clinical signs of tick paralysis include: paralysis, weakness, dilated pupils, difficulty swallowing and breathing.
The tick can live on your pet for 3-7 days before they have a blood meal and clinical signs are observed.
Here are some ticks to help avoid tick paralysis in your pets:
- If you're traveling to the coast with your pet, talk to your veterinarian about tick prevention prior to your departure
- Even if your pet is on tick prevention, check them for ticks every time they have been in a tick-inhabited area. They are usually found on the head, neck and feet. If you find a tick contact a veterinarian
- Wash any towels, clothes and bedding and vacuum your car immediately when returning from a coastal holiday. Alternatively, call into the clinic to pick up treatment for your pet to eradicate the ticks.
Tick envenomation is a serious and life threatening disease.
If you find a tick on your pet, seek veterinary advice as soon as possible.
In severe cases, animals may require hospitalisation and supportive care for several days.