While paralysis ticks are more active in spring and summer, year round prevention is essential in keeping your pet tick free.

Tick paralysis is a scary and serious reality for pets who do not receive regular tick treatment, which includes applying a spot on or spray as well as physically checking your pet’s skin for ticks on a daily basis.

How to check for ticks:

  • Run your fingers through their fur against their skin, looking for any bumps
  • Check behind and inside their ears, under their legs, armpits, tail, around their head and chin and between their toes
  • If you feel a bump, part the fur to inspect

What do ticks look like?

  • Ticks vary in size, from a pin head to a grape
  • Usually dark brown or black in colour, ticks will turn white after feeding

I found a tick, now what?

  • Grasp the tick with fine tipped tweezers (or special tick removing tool), as close to your pet’s skin as possible
  • Pull the tick upwards using steady pressure
  • Wash your hand and the affected areas with soap and water

Monitor your pet carefully for the next 24-48 hours as, if bitten, tick poisoning will occur quite rapidly and getting your pet to the Vet as soon as possible will be essential in their recovery.

Signs to look out for include:

  • Weakness and un-coordination, especially in the hind legs
  • Change in breathing/panting
  • Grunting (loss of bark) or coughing
  • Regurgitation
  • Progressive paralysis

Your Vet will advise you on the best course of action.

For more info on tick treatments, see your friendly PETstock team! They’re knowledgeable across all areas of pet care and will advise you on an option to help keep your buddy healthy and happy.


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