Busters brush with paralysis ticks

Buster recently came in to see us to have a paralysis tick removed from his ear. Surprisingly this is the fourth paralysis tick we have seen in a pet for the month of September. We would like to remind all of our clients that paralysis ticks are about, and to check that your pet is up to date with their flea and tick treatment.

Prevention is much easier than treatment of tick paralysis and definitely less scary. Luckily Buster’s owner found the tick before he showed any signs of tick paralysis and he was able to be treated with a tick prevention.

Usually symptoms of tick paralysis show after the tick has dropped off.

Symptoms of tick paralysis include:

  • Change to bark or meow
  • Coughing
  • Heavy breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Wobbly legs, usually but not always starting at the back end
  • Collapse
  • Heavy salivation

If your pet shows signs of tick paralysis or you have found what you think is a paralysis tick on your pet, we recommend calling your vet ASAP.