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Tips on Ticks

Tick activity is on the rise and even though these pesky parasites are inconspicuous and small, a tick infection can be terrible; threatening the health of your pet.  Read our Tips on Ticks to protect your pet from the dangers of these miniscule monsters.

Tick Toxicity and Treatment

Ticks are parasites that latch onto other animals with their mouth, to feed on the blood of a host - such as your family pet!  As ticks suck their blood, they secrete toxins into your pets nervous system; potentially leading to death.

Tick toxicity signs include:

Difficulty in breathing; can be laboured

Excessive salivation and vomiting

Weakness in the back legs

Voice change; bark becomes softer, changes pitch

Inability to stand up

Tendency  to sit down suddenly; possible loss of balance

Signs of tick poisoning can take a few days to appear so please seek urgent veterinary attention if you suspect your pet has been poisoned by a tick.

Thankfully there are numerous preventative methods available to minimise the threat of ticks to your pet.  Spot on applications such as Frontline Plus and K9 Advantix work great in combination with Kiltix Tick Collar or the Preventic Tick Collar; if you prefer a spray based treatment try Permoxin for Dogs.

Two Steps to Take Away Ticks

Step 1.    Along with treating them during the tick season it’s also very important to perform daily tick checks on your pet.  Rub your hands all over your pet’s body, checking and feeling for bumps.  Although the majority of ticks tend to congregate around the ears, neck, face and forward of the front legs, make sure you check their entire body.  

Step 2.    Once you have identified the presence of ticks it’s very important to remove them immediately.  Using tweezers gently and slowly twist and swivel the tick out, removing the entirety of the tick.  Have your dog checked out by a veterinarian or at least discuss it with them even if your pet appears healthy.

Tick Types

Brown Dog Tick

  • Abundant in Florida however found throughout the United States and Canada
  • Unlike Deer, American or Lone Star ticks, the Brown Dog tick can complete its entire lifecycle indoors; enabling it to establish itself anywhere throughout the United States; and the world!
  • Small and red-brown in color; seldom attach to humans

American Dog Tick

  • Predominantly found throughout the central and eastern states of America
  • Largest of the eastern wood ticks
  • Carry the bacteria Rickettsia rickettsii; infection of this bacteria in human can lead to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Orange / brown in color with white and yellow markings but wioll change to brown/red after feeding.

Lone Star Tick

  • Found throughout the south-eastern and south-central states in the U.S.A
  • Small in size in comparison to American and Brown Dog ticks; with the female easily distinguished from any other tick by a pronounced white dot or star in the center of her back
  • Connected with the transmission of Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness (STARI)

Deer Tick (a.k.a Blacklegged tick)

  • Primarily found  in the eastern half of the United States.
  • Measure around the size of a sesame seed; with females red and black in color and males predominately black.
  • Potential carriers of Lyme disease in humans; causing symptoms that include fever, fatigue, joint pain at a red rash at the infected site


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