The best advice to follow in regard to ticks of any kind is to avoid them whenever and wherever possible. However, this is not always possible, especially for dogs who need frequent time outside to remain healthy. Australia is home to a particular type of tick known as the Paralysis Tick, or Ixodes Holocyclus, which can cause severe symptoms and even death in dogs and other animals. The female of this species is the one posing the most danger to your pets, not to mention yourself and anyone else in the family who may come in contact with one.
Ticks prefer bushy terrain and long grass, and the worst areas tend to be the edges of home lawns where grass may not be as well-kempt. Although certain months of the year see higher levels of activity for these ticks, you and your dog may come in contact with one at any time of the year. This is particularly true when rain follows a period of warm weather.
The Life Cycle
Paralysis ticks may be small, but they are prolific. In the lifetime of a single female tick, she may lay as many as 3,000 eggs. After hatching, the larvae climb onto nearby vegetation and attempt to find their first hosts. Many hosts are immune to the tick’s poison, but this is not true of your dog or a family member. Once they engorge themselves on enough blood, the larvae drop off, moult, and then turn into nymphs. After another round of engorging and moulting, the nymph will emerge from its exoskeleton as a full-grown adult.
It is during this adult stage of life that you and your dog are most at risk of being affected by the poison. Effective paralysis tick prevention for dogs by Gordon Vet is your best option to ensure that your dog remains healthy and happy for many years to come. Highly trained Ku Ring Gai vet staff from Gordon Vet may yet make the difference between a sudden deadly symptom and many years longer with your beloved dog.
Locating a Tick
Once a tick is attached to your dog, there is a greater likelihood that it will attach inside the ears or around the head and neck. It is important to remember that ticks may attach to any area of the body and you should not fail to check his or her entire body after checking key areas. It is always a great practice to assume there is more than one tick and to continue your systematic search after finding one. The right professionals can help you keep up with the maintenance of your dog in regard to this potential threat and the right help may yet save his or her life. If you have small children who frequently play in your backyard, be sure to check them for ticks after they return indoors. While a tick is more likely to attach to an animal, they are not so picky as to pass up your child’s blood. With vigilance and the right amount of research, it should be fairly simple to keep your family and animals tick-free this year.