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Tick Control


The main tick of concern for pet owners is the Paralysis Tick as it can cause paralysis and death within 2-4 days of attachment. Paralysis ticks occur naturally only in certain areas of Australia, unfortunately for us the east coast of Australia is the main area where Paralysis Ticks reside. On the right there is a graph showing the affected areas for your convenience.

If you notice a tick on a pet that is not displaying signs of tick paralysis, remove the tick straight away. To do this, grasp the tick firmly where it attaches to your pets sking and give a quick sideways pull. It's best not to try and kill the tick first as the dying tick may inject more toxin into your pet. If you are not condient in removing the tick please drop in immediately.


Once the tick is removed you need to get your pet to a vet immediately.

Even if your pet looks fine, and you think your pet is fine, it is always best to get your pet to a vet immediately.

Treatment of tick paralysis includes searching for and removing all ticks. This may include extensive searching of the animal completely and/or the use of medication to kill remaining ticks. Tick antiserum is administered to counteract the toxin and supportive care is provided during recovery. This can be costly in comparison to what it would cost to use tick prevention initially.

There are many different tick preventions on the market to assist in preventing ticks such as: Nexgard Original/Spectra, Bravecto Oral/Topical, The Big 5, Seresto, however, no tick prevention is 100% effective and should always be used in combination with daily searches of your pet. Use your fingers to feel over the entire body, especially under the collar and on the face. Don’t forget to check carefully between the toes, under the lips and in the ears.