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Signs of a Tick on a Dog

The Tell-Tale Signs of a Tick on a Dog

Knowing the tell-tale signs of a tick on a dog is vital to ensure your dog receives the right treatment in time. Find out what to look out for.

The Tell-Tale Signs of a Tick on a Dog

Ticks are parasites from the spider family. They attach themselves to your dog's body. The main ticks found on Australian dogs are the paralysis tick, the brown dog tick and the bush tick. Ticks bite and feed on your dog’s blood. As they feed, they cause irritation and discomfort. The most dangerous tick is the paralysis tick, which injects a powerful neurotoxin that can be deadly to dogs. Ticks can also pass on debilitating diseases to your dog, such as anaplasmosis and babesiosis.

Knowing the tell-tale signs of ticks is vital to ensuring your dog receives the right treatment in time. Seresto® Dog Collars offer a proven way to prevent tick infestation for up to 4 months, and kill ticks without them having to bite your dog.

How to tell if your dog has ticks

When a tick bites a dog, it burrows its mouth-parts into the skin and begins its blood meal. This process will likely cause irritation and discomfort – prompting your dog to scratch. When they first attach, the tiny ticks may be hard to spot with the naked eye. However, as ticks feed they become engorged by their meal and thus easier to see and feel.

Some ticks can carry diseases such as anaplasmosis and babesiosis which can cause fever, loss of appetite, and lethargy. If your dog is suffering from a heavy infestation, they could lose a lot of blood and suffer from anaemia, which causes pale gums and lethargy.

Be aware of paralysis ticks

Paralysis ticks are the most concerning tick species for pet owners and vets in Australia. One bite from a paralysis tick can kill a dog. When a paralysis tick latches onto a dog they inject a potent neurotoxin that causes progressive paralysis of muscles. As the symptoms of paralysis ticks may be detected before the tick is spotted, it’s vital to look out for the following symptoms:


•    Lethargy
•    Loss of appetite
•    Changes to the sound of the bark
•    Weak hind legs
•    Laboured breathing
•    Coughing or gagging

If you recognise any of these signs in your dog it’s crucial that you take them to a vet as soon as possible.

How to check your dog for ticks

Ticks can be very hard to find. Depending on the breed of your dog, hair length and thickness may make it harder to feel for ticks. The more hands-on contact you share with your dog on a regular basis, the easier this process will be. The longer the tick has been present the bigger it will be after feeding on your dog’s blood. For this reason, a physical check should always be accompanied by an awareness of any changes in your dog’s behaviour.

If you notice any signs of a tick, or your dog has visited an area where ticks may be rife, such as bushy areas frequented by possums and bandicoots, you can search for a tick using your fingers. Thoroughly comb your fingers through every area of your dog's fur, specifically searching for abnormal lumps. Be sure to check the dark and protected areas that ticks love to hide in such as under the collar, between the toes and even in the ears. Favourite spots for ticks are around the face and mouth, on the chest and on the forelegs.

Preventative measures

With the risk of paralysis from ticks starting the minute they bite your dog, it’s best to be proactive and protect your dog from the outset. Seresto®  protects your dog from ticks, including paralysis ticks, for 4 months. Moreover, unlike chewable treatments or tablets, Seresto® does not rely on the tick having to bite your dog in order to be killed.  It therefore not only prevents paralysis and irritation from bites, it also helps to reduce the potential for transmission of diseases.

Seresto provides continuous protection for your dog through the controlled release of a targeted tick-killing active ingredient that is released over time from the collar’s high-tech polymer matrix. Ticks that come into contact with the fur and skin of a treated dog experience a ‘hot foot’ effect. The active ingredient is absorbed through the ‘feet’ of the tick resulting in a similar sensation to that of walking on hot sand on a beach. The ticks then instinctively attempt to escape, then become paralysed, fall away and die before biting your pet.

Got a pet health question?

If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!

Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

Seresto for Dogs

Seresto provides 4 months of tick protection for dogs.


Treats
Fleas and ticks

Ticks: What You Need to Know

Don't let ticks harm your dog this season.

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Got a pet health question?

If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!

Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

Seresto for Dogs

Seresto provides 4 months of tick protection for dogs.

Treats
Fleas and ticks

Ticks: What You Need to Know

- ↓ -

Don't let ticks harm your dog this season.