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Beware of The Nasty Paralysis Tick

Ticks are parasites and the one to worry about here in Queensland is the dreaded Paralysis Tick. It attaches to the host (your pet) and injects a toxin when it feeds on your pet’s blood.

The toxin causes ascending paralysis through the body. meaning it starts at the back quarters and works its way up the body to the head end regardless of where the tick attaches.

Once the toxin has been injected into the pet’s blood stream signs start to appear.


Signs of a Paralysis Tick include:

  •  Staggering or wobbly back legs
  • Inability to walk or stand
  • Unable to urinate
  • Voice change
  • Vomiting
  • Not wanting to eat or drink
  • Increased respiratory effort
  • Agitation/ stress
  • Unable to blink or eye ball looks dry

There is also a high risk of aspiration pneumonia (build up of fluid on the lungs), due to the ‘swallowing’ reflex of your pet being ... Click here to read more....