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