Ticks on Dogs & Cats - How to Prevent Ticks

Prevent Ticks on Dogs & Cats

Most commonly visible during the spring and summer months along the Australian east coast with increasing reports in Victoria, ticks can be potentially fatal to our dogs and cats. Regular tick searches, as well as year round prevention, is vital in ensuring your buddy’s safety against these nasty little critters.

How to check for ticks on dogs and cats

Checking your buddy for ticks should be a daily habit, especially if you live in NSW or QLD. Schedule a time every day to spend five minutes feeling for any lumps and bumps. As well as being helpful to their health, it can be a great bonding experience between the two of you!

  • From top to tail, run your fingers through your pet’s coat, along the skin.
  • Check between toes, in the ears, under the tail and along the mouth – ticks can get anywhere!

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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

What to do if you find a tick

If you find a tick on your pet, or suspect they may have already been bitten, it is important to call your vet immediately for further instructions, and prepare to transport your pet to the vet clinic for treatment.

Tick paralysis: Learn the symptoms

Being able to identify the signs of tick paralysis could be the difference between life and death for your pet.

While each pet will display tick symptoms differently, the most common signs displayed in dogs and cats include:

  • Wobbliness in the hind legs
  • Vomiting and/or gagging
  • A change in their bark or meow
  • Difficulty breathing (laboured and often with a grunting sound)

Tick treatment & help

Treatment for tick poisoning often requires hospitalisation however, left untreated, can result in death.

If you suspect a tick bite, or find a tick on your pet, contact your local veterinarian immediately. If possible, keep the tick in a container to take along with you. This will help the vet team identify what they’re dealing with and treat your pet more efficiently.

There are four types of ticks commonly found in Australia:

  • Brown dog tick
  • Bush tick
  • Cattle tick
  • Paralysis tick

If you are planning on visiting a different state or territory with your pet, ensure you’re familiar with the areas where ticks are most common and know the details of nearby veterinary hospitals. This, along with regular administration of flea and tick prevention, will help your pet live a long and healthy life by your side.


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