Tick season has arrived,
Ticks can be found all year round, however, the peak season is spring and summer, when warm humid weather conbines with periods of rain.
The Paralysis tick is deadly and dangerous as it attaches itself to the body of our dogs and cats, mostly around the head, neck and throat areas.
These parasites must attach to a ‘host’ [your dog or cat] in order to grow, develop and reproduce.
They vary in size from a pin point up to one centimetre in length. Ticks burrow into the skin of your pet, injecting a toxic poison. The tick will double in size as it feeds.
Avoiding areas that may be traversed by native animals is the simplest means of prevention, along with daily checks by you. Ticks prefer bushy native terrain and long grass, avoid these areas where possible.
Run your fingers through your pets coat, making sure you reach the skin, paying particular attention to the upper body. Ticks aren't fussy where they attach, always check the nose, ear canals and inside the mouth of your dog. The 'tick point check' below is an excellent chart.
Symptoms of tick poisoning:-
weakness in the hind legs
changes in breathing
regurgitating and possibly a cough.
Seek advice from your vet immediately.
Use Tick Prevention as per instructions.
Mark on your calendar, when the next application is due.
Check your dog daily, by running your fingers through his coat.
If in doubt, take him to the vet, remember our 24/7 Emergency Vet clinics are located in Goggs Road Jindalee and Seventeen Mile Rocks Road.
Tick article came through on Facebook :-
Repellent for your pets:
For pets, add 1 cup of water to a spray bottle, followed by 2 cups of distilled white vinegar. Ticks hate the smell and taste of vinegar, and will be easily repelled by this ingredient alone.
Then, add two spoonfuls of vegetable or almond oil, which both contain sulfur (another natural tick repellent).
To make a repellent that will also deter fleas, mix in a few spoonfuls of lemon juice, citrus oil, or peppermint oil, any of which will repel ticks and fleas while also creating a nicely scented repellent.
Spray onto the pet's dry coat, staying away from sensitive areas including eyes, nose, mouth, and genitals.
When outdoors for an extended period, spray this solution on two to three times per day.
Personally, I swab the vinegar solution [I don't add the oils] on my dogs with a sponge.
Another Facebook article on the removal of a tick.
Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20); the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.
written by Lee Hettiger