PARALYSIS TICKS ON THE NORTHERN BEACHES

Sydney's Northern Beaches can claim one of the highest incidences of the Paralysis Tick 'Ixodes holocyclus'.
The Paralysis tick is most common from Spring into summer. August until February are the peak season. 
We still see tick paralysis cases in the cooler months and during Winter. We recommend you dose tick prevention all year round. 

How can I find ticks on my pets?

-90% of ticks on cats are around the head and neck
-70% of ticks on dogs are above the neck

Ticks can get into mouths, ears, eyes and in between toes. They can cause paralysis even after they have fallen off. 

If you are unsure if your pet has tick paralysis, please come straight to the clinic and one of our friendly nurses can perform a thorough tick search and remove any ticks if needed.

SIGNS OF TICK PARALYSIS

EARLY SIGNS

-Change in voice. The meow or bark is softer or in a different pitch
-Weakness in back legs. Walking along then suddenly sitting down

LATER SIGNS

-Wobbliness in back legs
-Dogs will often vomit with tick paralysis
-Panting. progressing to loud breathing. 
 Some dogs will exhibit a moist cough or breathing difficulties before any other signs

WORSENING SIGNS
-As signs of poisoning progress the animals are unable to stand
-Breathing becomes exaggerated and difficult
-As breathing becomes more difficult, the gums become cold and blue-tinged. Death follows quite quickly

EVERY YEAR ANIMALS IN THIS AREA DIE FROM TICK PARALYSIS!

PREVENTING TICK PARALYSIS

No product is 100% guaranteed in preventing tick paralysis. 
It is essential you give your pet a thorough tick search every night in tick season

Tick Prevention for Dogs

Bravecto Chew

Bravecto is an oral chew that gives 3 months tick and flea prevention.
It provides effective control of fleas within 8 hours and effective control
of paralysis ticks within 24 hours for the full treatment period. 

This product is safe for dogs who love swimming or those that require
frequent bathing. 
Bravecto can be given to puppies over 8 weeks of age weighing greater
than 2kg.
Safe to use in breeding, pregnant or lactating dogs.
NOT TO BE GIVEN TO CATS. 

Bravecto Top Spot
Bravecto Topspot is applied to the back of your dogs neck and gives
6 months protection against paralysis ticks and fleas. It kills all fleas and 
paralysis ticks within 48 hours. Please do not allow your dog to swim/bathe

for 3 days after application.
It is safe to use in puppies over 8 weeks of age weighing over 2kg 

 

Nexgard Chew

Nexgard is a soft beef flavoured chew given monthly for tick and flea
prevention. It provides effective control of fleas within 8 hours and effective
control of paralysis ticks within 24 hours. 

Nexgard can be given to puppies over 8 weeks of age weighing greater than
2kg. The safe use in breeding, pregnant or lactating dogs has not yet been
evaluated. Use with caution in dogs with history of seizures. 

NOT TO BE GIVEN TO CATS. 

Simparica Chew

Simparica is a monthly chew for flea and tick prevention. It also treats and
controls demodex mites, ear mites and sarcoptic mange. It provides effective
control of fleas within 4-8 hours and effective control of paralysis ticks within

24 hours.

Simparica can be given to puppies over 8 weeks of age weighing over 1.3kg. 
The safe use in breeding, pregnant or lactating dogs has not yet been evaluated.

NOT TO BE GIVEN TO CATS. 

Seresto Tick Collar

Seresto collars treat and prevent flea infestions for 8 months and paralysis
ticks for 4 months. These collars are water resistant and can get wet. 
They are safe to use in puppies over 10 weeks old. This product can be used
in conjunction with tick/flea chews and top spots. 

Tick Prevention for Cats

Bravecto Top Spot
Bravecto offers a top spot for cats that is applied to the back of the neck and lasts
3 months for paralysis ticks and fleas. It kills 100% of ticks within 48 hours. It is safe to use in kittens over 11 weeks of age weighing over 1.2kg. 

 

Frontline Spray

Frontline Spray is an entire body spray for fleas and paralysis ticks. Coverage must be thorough and done every 3 weeks for paralysis tick prevention. This product is very safe and can be used on puppies and kittens from 2 days old. It also treats biting lice and controls flea allergy dermatitis.

Seresto Collar 
Seresto collars treat and prevent flea infestations for 8 months and paralysis ticks for 4 months.
This products is not registered for paralysis ticks in cats and is off-label use only.