Yep it's that time of year again, Ticks are up and attaching them selves to us and our pets. Ticks to do not discriminate for age, breed or gender, it only see's dinner.
Some pets show no sign of a parasite, where others will exhibit signs of irritation, including, Redness, inflammation, scratching, chewing. Many tick species have adapted to suppress the host's response.
The more serious effects are systemic illness, caused by infectious micro organism, sensitive reactions, and some tick saliva that causes paralysis, and anemia.
Our pets pick up the ticks from our environment, very rarely from other animals. Different ticks prefer different environments, so it depends on your geographical area to what type of tick you would come across.
It is believed that ticks are attracting by Heat, Smell and Movement.
Be Vigilant, we've had treated for a few Paralysis Tick
already this season.
Signs of tick paralysis
(Your pet may show only one or two of these signs!)
~Seek veterinary attention immediately – tick paralysis is life threatening!~
• Slightly weak in the back legs
• Looks like a drunken sailor – unable to stand properly on the back legs
• Cannot stand at all on the back legs
• Change in voice (bark or meow)
• Unable to swallow properly – may dribble water or food or cough/gag
• Change in breathing patterns. Cats often only show this extremely Dangerous sign.
• Depressed, slower, disinterested, decreased exercise tolerance
• More unusual signs – lame in one leg (tick under armpit) or facial signs (droopy lips, eyes or ears)
Yikes! I’ve found a tick!
• Telephone us, or bring your pet in for more information, (if already removed) bring the tick in for identification.
• Do NOT use kerosene or anything else that will burn the skin of your pet on the tick.
• REMEMBER that animals can show symptoms of tick poisoning 24-48 hours after a tick has been killed – keep them cool and quiet after finding a tick and watch diligently for any signs as above.
If your animal is showing any signs of tick poisoning it will need veterinary attention as soon as possible!! The sooner treatment is started, the better the chance of survival and the lower the costs involved!!
Tick paralysis prevention
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