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Dog and cat tick removal & prevention

At a glance

Don’t let ticks harm your dog this season

Ticks: what you need to know

Ticks are common in Australia, and paralysis ticks pose a great threat to pets. September marks the start of the paralysis tick season in many parts of Australia, so the beginning of spring should be a reminder to protect our dogs from these little nasties with a recommended tick treatment.

What are ticks?

A bit about ticks

Understanding Paralysis ticks

The natural hosts of the paralysis ticks are native Australian animals in the bush. However, ticks commonly attach to other non-native hosts, including dogs and humans. Paralysis ticks are the most concerning tick species for pet owners and vets in Australia, as one bite from a paralysis tick can kill a dog.

There are two species of paralysis ticks in Australia, the Australian paralysis tick and the Tasmanian paralysis tick

What makes paralysis ticks so concerning?

Paralysis ticks inject a neurotoxin into the bloodstream of their host when they are taking a blood meal. This toxin causes progressive paralysis of muscles throughout the body.

Other ticks of concern in Australia

Brown dog ticks can cause heavy infestations

Bush ticks prefer cattle

Always be prepared

What to do if you find a tick?

Contact your vet immediately, particularly if you are concerned they may have been bitten by a paralysis tick or are showing signs of tick paralysis

Travelling and holidays

When travelling with your dog to a paralysis tick area, protect your dog with a tick prevention product and search your dog for ticks daily. If you’re unsure if your holiday destination is a tick area, call a local vet or call the Advantage pet care line for advice.

Protecting your pet

Here are some tips on how to protect your pet from tick paralysis:

Repellency – what does it mean?

Products that repel ticks offer the best protection for dogs as they don’t rely on the tick having to bite your dog in order to receive a chemical active from your dog’s blood. Tick-biting is, after all, the very thing you are trying to prevent!

Repelling ticks to prevent biting is important because tick bites:

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.

Biting Parasites

Protect your pet from nasty Australian parasites.

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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.

Biting Parasites

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Protect your pet from nasty Australian parasites.