PROTECT YOUR BEST MATE
Recent heat and rain mean an increased risk of ticks on our pets. Dr Shannon Coyne from Gympie Veterinary Services said paralysis ticks were the main area for concern, particularly when it came to dogs and cats. “While other ticks can carry diseases and affect animal welfare, paralysis ticks can quickly become life-threatening,” Dr Coyne said. “Although slower acting than a snake bite, tick venom is just as deadly, and potentially fatal paralysis can manifest just three days after a tick attaches,” Dr Coyne said. The cost of treating tick paralysis can end up in the thousands, and prevention is always a safer and cheaper option. “For a flat annual fee, our Best Mates Program provides pet owners with access to a host of free and discounted services that proactively protect pet health, including vet consultations, parasite treatment and grooming. It’s a simple and cost effective way to ensure proper pet care, while minimising yearly vet costs.” Paralysis ticks are present year round, but most active during the warmer spring and summer months, particularly between late August and November. Dr Coyne said pet owners should act quickly if they find ticks. Common signs of tick paralysis include wobbliness when walking or inability to stand, difficulty breathing, vomiting/regurgitation, and coughing/retching. “If it is tick paralysis, the best course of action is to bring the animal to a vet for treatment as quickly as possible,” Dr Coyne said.