Give Ticks the Flick!

If you are going coastal this holiday season, be sure to protect your pet against paralysis ticks. Even here, in the Southern Highlands, ticks are creeping closer due to the warmer climate.

These parasites attach to your pets and inject a toxin which affects the nervous system. If left untreated, this can be fatal.

Daily, check your pet for ticks by running your fingers through their coat. Generally, ticks are found near the head/neck area of companion animals, but they can be found anywhere, so thorough searching from nose to tail tip is essential.

If your pet begins showing any of the following symptoms, they must be seen by a vet:

  • Heavy breathing (panting, noisy breathing and possibly grunting)
  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Heavy salivation
  • Wobbly legs (especially the back legs – dogs tend to sit but not stand)
  • Collapse

As always, prevention is better than cure. Ensure you have your pet covered with a high quality parasite treatment well before you venture out of Moss Vale. We have Bravecto on our shelves which can be used as a spot on or a (somewhat) tasty chew.