Tick Control

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Ticks are a common parasite and occur mainly along the eastern seaboard and across the coastal north of Australia.

Brown tickBrown Dog Ticks (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) can be found clustered in great numbers in dogs’ ear, between the toes and to a lesser extent on the body. They are source of constant irritation and in large numbers can cause anaemia. Ticks can exist for long period of time in the soil and can be found mainly where dogs lay in the dirt or inside kennels. Controlling their breeding areas outside the home is difficult, which is why repellents need to be used regularly.


Bush tickBush Tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) affects dogs in a similar way to the Brown Tick, heavily infesting the dog producing irritation and sometimes extensive blood loss. A heavy burden of adult bush ticks on an animal will cause a loss of blood and, in severe cases, may even kill the host. Repellents need to be used regularly to control and kill these irritating pests.


Paralysis tickParalysis Ticks (Ixodes holocyclus) occur in warmer months, mainly on the eastern coast of Australia and the bite of just one tick is capable of causing paralysis and death. Ticks may latch on to dogs as they brush against them while walking through long grass or scrub. The Paralysis Tick releases toxin causing certain clinical signs including wobbly hind legs and a change in the tone a the dog’s bark. Dogs bitten by paralysis ticks must receive EMERGENCY veterinary care if he or she  is to have any chance of survival. Check daily for ticks by running your fingers to run through your dog’s hair or use a comb. If a tick is found, contact your vet immediately.

This is general information only, consult your veterinarian about tick treatment. See Legal Disclaimer