If your pet has been treated for Tick Paralysis:
- Avoid all excitement and limit exercise for 2 weeks
The paralysis tick toxin causes paralysis of the respiratory muscles as well as effecting the heart. Exercise will place undue stress on the heart and lungs.
- Keep your animal cool for 2 weeks
The body's ability to maintain a normal temperature is also affected.
- Feed 2-3 small meals a day for the next 4 days
The paralysis tick toxin also affects the muscles in the throat and inhibit your animals normal gag reflex and ability to swallow. Before giving each meal offer a small volume of water to check the gag reflex. If there is any gagging or spluttering with water do not give any food and offer more water at the next meal time.
The tick anti-toxin given does not result in any long term immunity to paralysis tick intoxication. Therefore daily tick searches are still necessary whilst you are in, and 1 week after leaving, a tick area. The majority of ticks are found on the front half of the body but feel all over including around lips, ears, in between toes and underneath collars. If you find a tick don't stop searching; animals often have more than one tick.
- Prevent ticks with spot-on or rinse
Frontline and Advantix should be used every 2 weeks to help prevent ticks. Alternatively dogs may be rinsed thoroughly with Permoxin Rinse every 7 days. Do NOT use Permoxin on cats. A Frontline spray is available for dogs and cats that can be used every 3 weeks during the tick season. No prevention is 100% effective so continue your daily tick searches.
- If your animal has been clipped take care with prolonged exposure to sun since the coat is now short
Removal of Ticks
If you have found a tick it is important to remove it as soon as possible. We use a 'tick-twister' to slide underneath the tick. Ticks should be twisted rather than pulled to minimize damage to the skin. Squeezing or bursting a tick to remove it will not cause an increase in toxicity.
Once a tick has been removed the circulating toxin can cause a progression of clinical signs for 24 hours. Therefore, even if your animal is not effected when the tick is removed, veterinary treatment and administration of Tick Antiserum may still be required. If you see any signs of intoxication (hind limb paralysis, change in breathing, gagging or coughing, vomiting, change in bark) seek veterinary advice.
If you have any queries or problems please do not hesitate to call the clinic on (02) 6572 2077.