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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?

Take your pet to your veterinarian as soon as possible – tick paralysis is a serious and potentially fatal condition that requires veterinary attention. Keep your pet calm and at a comfortable temperature (not too hot or cold). Search for ticks and remove them as soon as possible. Do not offer food or water or give anything orally, pets affected by tick paralysis cannot protect their airway when they swallow and this may lead to aspiration of food/water into their airways which can cause aspiration pneumonia and serious breathing difficulties.

Tick control products.

In addition to being aware of tick paralysis and the common symptoms, avoiding tick habitats and daily searching for ticks on your dog or cat, talk to us at Woombye Veterinary Surgery about which tick control products are safe for your dogs and cats.

Important: Never use any dog tick control products on cats, as some dog products are highly toxic to cats and can kill them.