Tick warn­ing

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FEEDBACK -

GREEN­CROSS Vets and Pet­barn are re­mind­ing Mt Druitt and St Marys pet own­ers to be on high alert for ticks dur­ing spring.

Com­monly found in warm cli­mates and dense bush­land, ticks are par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous across NSW and can se­ri­ously im­pact your furry friend’s health.

With re­search re­cently un­cov­er­ing 88 per cent of dog own­ers in tick ar­eas are either not us­ing a tick con­trol prod­uct or are us­ing one but not fre­quently enough to pre­vent ticks, it is im­por­tant Mt Druitt and St Marys pet own­ers are vig­i­lant.

The three most com­mon ticks found in NSW in­clude the brown dog tick, the bush tick and the paral­y­sis tick, which are spread across the state’s east­ern coastal strip and in­land for about 30 kilo­me­tres.

Un­for­tu­nately, each year thou­sands of pets across the coun­try are af­fected by tick paral­y­sis. Symp­toms to look out for in­clude loss of co-or­di­na­tion in the hind legs or not be­ing able to stand up; vom­it­ing; loss of ap­petite; lethargy; dif­fi­culty or rapid breath­ing; change in bark or meow and ex­ces­sive sali­va­tion.

The best way to pro­tect your pet from ticks is through preven­tion.

It’s im­por­tant that pet own­ers search their pet’s coat daily, es­pe­cially af­ter long walks or when your pet has been ex­posed to bush­land or long grass.

If you are ap­ply­ing pre­ven­ta­tive treat­ments, en­sure it is ap­plied in ac­cor­dance with the man­u­fac­turer’s di­rec­tions for paral­y­sis tick preven­tion.

We en­cour­age lo­cals to come down and speak to our ex­pert staff about the most ap­pro­pri­ate preven­tion prod­uct for their furry friend. DR RACHEL CHAY,

Green­cross Vets Chief vet­eri­nar­ian

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.