Genie's Tick Paralysis

Beautiful and brave Genie came to visit us this month after her owners had noticed that she was having some trouble getting up into the car before and after a trip to the park. By the next day she had become reluctant to rise.

After arriving at our clinic and being given a thorough once over by one of our veterinarians, we discovered that two Paralysis Ticks had lodged themselves beneath Genie's fur. Paralysis Ticks are very serious and can be fatal if not removed and treated very quickly. Genie had recently been to East Gippsland along with her owners and not long after started suffering symptoms of Tick Paralysis. Being a Border Collie with a beautiful long coat, we needed to clip her in order to make sure that there were no further ticks hiding.

Luckily, we found no further ticks and Genie was placed on IV fluids, administered medication to treat her symptoms and was under regular observations whilst in our care. She was then sent to CARE for overnight monitoring. We are so relieved that Genie has made a full recovery and is now back at home with her family.

Generally, the Paralysis Tick is found along the Eastern Seaboard from Bairnsdale in Eastern Victoria northwards, all the way to the Northern Territory. They are particularly rife in Sydney and further north from there.

Especially as we welcome the summer months, prevention is key! Prevention prior to travelling north is recommended, or if your pet is unfortunate enough to be affected by a Paralysis Tick, very prompt Veterinary attention is advised. The first signs of paralysis are wobbly hind legs and a change in voice. From there, things then tend to progress quite rapidly.

Tick prevention involves:

  • Daily checking of your pet for ticks including all those hard to get to places where ticks like to hide (ears, lip folds, armpits and groin.) If you happen to find a tick, contact us at the clinic immediately as it is advisable for the pet to undergo a veterinary checkĀ­up as a precautionary measure.
  • Advantix, which is a spot treatment.
  • Bayer Tick Collar and/or Proban tablets by mouth every second day.

N.B. Some insecticidal treatments are NOT suitable for cats so please be sure to check the label carefully.