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Tick paralysis is an EMERGENCY - Phone 9988 0198

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The Australian Paralysis Tick is one of the deadliest parasites in the world. Ticks attach to animals (and people) to suck blood and secrete a paralysing toxin which causes signs such as breathing difficulties, coughing, vomiting, wobbly legs and collapse. If untreated this will lead to death from heart or respiratory failure.

If you notice any of these signs, phone Turramurra Vet on 9988 0198 - prompt treatment could save your pet's life.

Australian paralysis ticks are far more toxic than ticks in the UK, South Africa or the United States. If you are new to the North Shore we will happily provide you with the most appropriate tick prevention for your pets. We cannot emphasise this strongly enough.

While there are excellent tick and flea prevention products on the market it is impossible to keep your pet 100% free from ticks with products alone. Protecting your pet is dependent on applying the correct dose of preventative. We strongly advise you to bring your pet in for free weighing to ensure that the correct dose is being applied.

Never solely rely on a product to protect your pet.

Tick Prevention Tips

Simple measures can reduce the risk of tick paralysis:

  • search your pets all over daily for ticks;
  • especially focus on the neck, head and ears;
  • remove ticks immediately using Tick Twisters (available from Turramurra Vet);
  • regularly apply tick preventatives;
  • clip your pet's coat short if it is a long-haired species;
  • phone Turramurra Vet immediately on 9988 0198 if you observe signs of tick
         paralysis - poor appetite, vomiting, coughing, weakness or collapse;

For more advice, please read our helpful Tick Control Factsheet (PDF).

Tick Clips

Turramurra Vet Hospital offers a professional tick clipping service. Clipping the coat of long-haired dogs or cats makes ticks easier to identify and remove. Phone us on 9988 0198 to make a booking.

Scratching Dogs, Itchy Cats and Fleas

Itchy skin and fleas make pets miserable but thankfully we now have a range of safe flea control products for your pets. All family pets should be treated to control fleas, even if they are not the itchy pet. Every family and pet is different and what works in some situations won't work in others. In some cases itchy skin may not be due to fleas at all – the cause may be plant or other allergies, mites or skin disease. In may take a veterinary consultation to get to the bottom of the problem. This can hasten your pets recovery from painful skin conditions, and actually save you the expense of using inappropriate treatments.

Flea control is complex because the adult fleas seen on pets are only “the tip of the iceberg.” The majority of the flea population (95%) consists of thousands of eggs and larvae where your pet lives (bedding, carpets, and yard). Controlling adult fleas may still leave large numbers of viable eggs and larvae untouched. These hatch and develop into adults, causing re-infestation. Eggs may take up to three months to hatch – control of adults on all pets will be needed for at least three months until the flea population declines. Our advice on the exact product that is best for you will help resolve the problem as fast as possible.

If you are having problems with flea control, please ask us for detailed advice or read our helpful Flea Control Factsheet (PDF).


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