If you find a tick or see your pet is struggling with some of the symptoms listed below, contact us immediately on 9499 4010 and we will advise you what to do.

There are many things you would share with your fur friend, but fleas and ticks are not on the list!  Make sure you are set for a summer of fun by reviewing your flea and tick products now and call us if you need advice.  

Sydney is a hot zone for all types of ticks and Kuringai in particular is a well-known area for the Paralysis tick.  Pet owners who live here know how dangerous ticks can be and it is critical that year-round protection be maintained. 

There are three main types of ticks that can be found in the Kuringai area and Paralysis Ticks are the deadly type we hear most about.  The other ticks found in our area are the Brown Dog Tick and the Bush Tick.  Check out the appearance differences below and maybe even print off a copy of this poster to stick on your fridge at home.

Check Before you Travel

If you are holidaying away from your usual spots, feel free to call our team for advice. Owners taking pets to coastal areas should start a flea and tick control product at least two weeks before leaving home, to ensure the product is working at an effective level.

Paralysis ticks are found right down the East coast of Australia and have also been found in parts of Victoria. 

The Paralysis Tick is the Most Dangerous Type of Tick for Dogs and Cats In Australia

Sickness from the Paralysis tick (Idoxes Holocyclus) is caused by the release of holocylcic toxin into the animal.  This affects the muscle function and can be fatal if treatment is not sought quickly and will be fatal if treatment is not sought at all.  Our team will do everything they can to prevent any tick related fatalities however, prevention is always better than cure.

Pymble Vet sees numerous cases of Paralysis ticks every year.  Spring and Summer are particularly risky times, but it is critically important to provide year-round protection for your pets. 

Basic Precautions to Avoid Tick Risks

1/ Daily Inspections

  • Animals tend to collect ticks from pushing through grass and undergrowth so the most critical areas to check first are around the face, ears, stomach, paws and armpits.  However, ticks can be found all over the body so use your finger tips to feel your pet’s coat from head to toe, taking note of any small bumps. 
  • Ticks can easily be missed so if you suspect your pet may have a tick they will need to be checked multiple times and should be brought to the vet. 
  • You may wish to clip your cat or dog’s fur short if you have a long-haired breed, particularly during peak tick season.  This will give the ticks fewer hiding places and helps identify itchy spots from fleas. 
  • A soothing bath will help make your pet more comfortable when they have fleas, but won’t get rid of the problem or help with ticks. 

2/ Use a Flea and Tick Prevention Treatment

There are multiple products for sale to combat ticks: spot-ons; sprays/ rinses; collars and tablets.   Give us a call to identify the right one for your pet. Pymble Vet highly recommend Bravecto Chews for dogs and Bravecto Plus for cats.

Even when using a product, pets should still be checked for ticks every day, as no product can guarantee 100% protection but it is the best measure you can put in place. 

All Year Round Product Offer to Our Customers

All year round, our customers are eligible for a Buy 4 Get 1 Free promotion.  Our receptionist will send you a reminder when your pet’s next application is due.  If your pet vomits after administering a dose, we will supply you with a free replacement dose.  If you are feeling apprehensive about administering the Bravecto to your pet, we will do that for you.  Just make an appointment and bring your pet in to see us.

3/ Monitor Symptoms

If you think your pet may be suffering from a tick bite or the tick is still attached to your pet, start monitoring their symptoms and call us immediately on 9499 4010.

When the toxin is released into your pet, it may lead to muscle paralysis which will most likely affect the hind-legs first then the forelegs followed by the digestive and respiratory muscles.  

Symptoms include wobbliness, weakness, agitation, unusual breathing patterns, grunts with exhaling or a change in bark or meow.  It could also be as subtle as your pet is not quite themselves. See the chart below: 

If you are in any doubt at all, do not hesitate if you suspect your pet is suffering from the bite of a Paralysis tick.  Call Pymble Vet immediately or bring your pet into see us straight away.

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