With tick season in full swing, please check your furry friends daily 😊
What are Ticks?
Ticks are parasites that feed on animal and human blood. There are more than 800 species of ticks around the world, with 70 found in Australia and 16 species have been reported as feeding on humans.
There are two major groups of ticks: hard ticks and soft ticks.
Hard ticks (family: Ixodidae) have a hard flat body and elongated mouthparts with rows of backward pointing teeth. This group includes the most important species that bite humans.
Soft ticks (family: Argasidae) have a wrinkled leathery appearance. Only a few species of this type are found in Australia and they rarely come into contact with people.
The most important tick in Australia is the Paralysis Tick, Ixodes holocyclus, and over 95% of tick bites in Eastern Australia are due to this species. Most tick-borne illnesses are due to this species.
The paralysis tick is a creepy critter lurking in bush along the east coast of Australia. Once it attaches to a host (such as your pet) it injects a toxin that causes progressive paralysis and this can be fatal for your pet. Prevention is essential in tick areas.
Symptoms of tick poisoning/paralysis
Loss of appetite
Lethargy or depression
Change in voice/bark
Coughing, retching or vomiting
Difficulty in breathing or rapid breathing
Arthritis/swelling in joints
Lack of coordination in the hind legs