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Dogs - Ticks

  • Tick season starts in August and is at its Peak during Spring. During spring your pet may need to be clipped to make searching easier. All pets should be searched every day.
  • There are products available that can help minimise the chances of your pet being affected by Ticks. No product is 100% effective and it is extremely important that you search your pet, even when using a product.
  • If your dog is affected by a tick you may notice a change in its bark. It may also vomit or gag. The tick toxin causes a paralysis that starts with a wobbliness in the hindlegs and progresses to affect the front legs. It can also affect the breathing muscles.
  • Ticks can be fatal and your best chance of a successful outcome is by treating your dog early in the course. Even once you remove the tick your dog can still deteriorate for 4 days afterwards.
  • If your dog is affected, the best thing to do is remove the tick with some tweezers as close to the attachment of the tick as possible. Keep the tick and bring in with your dog if you are unsure of what kind of tick it is.
  • The treatment consists normally of a pre-medication to relax your dog and prevent your pet having a reaction to the tick serum. A catheter is placed and the tick serum is given slowly and monitored carefully during the process. It takes at least 24 hours to see a difference in your pet. Any toxin that binds to the nerves of your pet will not be reversed by the tick serum, we have to wait for it to unbind and treat any secondary effects that we can. Most pets in the early stages will go home within 24-48 hours. More seriously affected animals or animals that have secondary complications can end up staying in hospital for up to 2 weeks.
  • We can never underestimate the effects a tick can have. Sometimes even with early treatment and the best of care things can wrong. Prevention is much better than cure!
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