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Ticks

What are the symptoms of ticks?

• Loss of coordination in the hind legs (wobbliness in the back legs) or not being able to get
• Weakness in the back legs
• A change in the sound of the bark or voice
• Retching, coughing (sometimes it is a moist cough), vomiting
• Excessive salivation/drooling
• Loss of appetite
• Progressive paralysis to include the forelegs
• Difficulty breathing or rapid breathing
• Grunting noises when breathing or any other abnormal behaviour or symptom

What should you do if your pet shows symptoms of tick toxicity or a tick on your dog or cat?

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Snake Bite

Snake Bite - What should I do?

Dogs will often try to chase or kill snakes resulting in snake bites usually to the dog's face and legs. Cats, being hunters, are quite susceptible to snake bites.

The sort of reaction your pet has to a snake bite is determined by a number of factors: the type of snake, the amount of venom injected and the site of the snake bite. Generally the closer the bite is to the heart the quicker the venom spreads to the rest of the body. In addition, at the beginning of summer, snakes' venom glands are fuller and their bites are much more severe.

At the Sunshine Coast the Eastern Brown snake is responsible for most of the snake bites in domestic pets. These snakes have a toxin that causes paralysis and also have an agent in them that uses up all the clotting factors that helps to stop your pet from bleeding.

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