Tick Control

The most common ticks infesting dogs in Australia are the paralysis tick, the brown dog tick, and the bush tick.

Paralysis ticks

The paralysis tick lxodes holocyclus is one of the most dangerous parasites that can affect your pet. Tick paralysis is estimated to affect tens of thousands of dogs and cats per year in Australia, with many animals dying. The greatest risk is associated with high numbers of adult ticks in spring and summer, but disease can be seen throughout the year. Paralysis ticks are not found locally, but if you plan to travel with your pet on the east coast of Australia, from northern Queensland to Victoria, you will need to have your pet on tick prevention. 

Tips for reducing the risk of tick paralysis include:

  • The year-round use of effective tick control products for all dogs and cats that are living in, or travelling to, known paralysis tick regions.
  • Search your dog daily for ticks - although tick control products will greatly reduce the risk of tick paralysis, it only takes one tick to cause tick paralysis. For this reason, it is important to also perform daily tick searches on your pet.
  • Reduce exposure to ticks in the environment (e.g. clean up leaf litter and debris, minimise or restrict your pet’s access to bushy environments).
  • If you find a tick, remove it immediately, and seek veterinary attention.

 

Brown dog ticks and bush ticks

Brown dog ticks and bush ticks do not cause tick paralysis, but they can cause skin irritation and also transmit other important diseases. Canine ehrlichiosis is becoming a significant disease affecting dogs in locations where brown dog ticks are located. It is caused by a bacteria called Ehrlichia canis which is transmitted to the dog from an infected tick. Unfortunately this disease can be fatal for many dogs, or become a life-long infection. Affected areas include northern WA, NT, Qld and the APY lands of SA. If you plan on travelling with your dog to these locations, your dog will need specific tick products. 

We are more than happy to show you how to do a thorough tick search and recommend appropriate tick control products for your pet. Please call us to discuss.