Look out for Paralysis Ticks

We have been seeing an alarming number of Tick Paralysis cases recently in the clinic.

Paralysis Ticks tend to be light blue to grey in colour, and range in size. However, even the smallest tick can cause paralysis, or even death. The Paralysis tick injects a toxin as it feeds, and increased exercise or hot weather conditions can accelerate these symptoms.

Symptoms can start off minor in the early stages and can include:

  • a change in voice (meow or bark can become hoarse, softer or change in pitch and volume)
  • wobbly gait or weakness in hind legs
  • vomiting

Symptoms can then become worse and can include:

  • excessive salivation
  • panting or loud breathing
  • loss of use of hind legs

Symptoms can then deteriorate even further from there.

Once a paralysis tick is removed, it does not mean that your pet will improve and get better. Most cases require an anti-venom to be administered, and this is most effective being given in earlier stages of paralysis.

Please ensure your pet’s tick prevention is up-to-date, and check your pet regularly.