RSPCA WITH KODA
IT may seem a bit premature to be thinking about summer holidays while the temperatures are still dipping below zero overnight, but summer will be here before we know it.
As the weather warms up many people and their pets spread around the continent on their annual summer breaks.
Taking a pet from its normal environment and taking it to the beach or another holiday site can expose it to potential health risks that it would not normally be exposed to. Tick paralysis is the classic situation for this. In North East Victoria we are lucky enough not to have paralysis ticks endemic to our region, but many coastal and more humid areas of Australia are not so lucky.
Prevention of paralysis ticks is a two pronged attack using anti-tick collars/spot-ons/tablets and daily searches for any paralysis ticks.
It is best to begin tick preventative treatments a week before heading into a tick affected area and to continue them appropriately whilst you are away.
Special devices for pulling ticks off an animal can also be purchased from your vet clinic.
Applying methylated spirits carefully to a tick can also aid in causing them to fall off.
If you do find a tick on your pet whilst in a tick area it is best to see a veterinarian as soon as possible to have them assessed.
Heartworm is also much more prevalent in other areas of Australia than North East Victoria.
It always pays to have your dog protected against this potentially fatal disease, but if you are heading to the tropics or other areas with large mosquito populations then the recommendation for preventatives becomes even stronger.
It is also worth planning ahead to make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date before taking them away with you.
Conversely if you are leaving your pet at the boarding kennel getting them up to date with their required vaccinations a few weeks prior to your vacation is always a good idea.
It is fairly common to be vaccinating pets on Christmas Eve for people with their cars full and surfboards on the roof, but this isn’t the ideal situation.