How best to avoid tick paralysis in our pets?

By avoiding those ticks if we can! Stay away from scrub or bushland areas especially in the warmer months. But in the event that we can’t avoid them, then the next best thing is to prevent ticks from having a successful meal. Different products are available for cats and dogs.

Tick prevention for Dogs

Product Frequency of use Route Comments
Bravecto Three monthly Tasty chew Can use in puppies from 8 weeks of age and in breeding, pregnant and lactating dogs.
Nexgard Monthly Tasty chew Can use in puppies from 8 weeks of age weighing at least 2kg, not tested for use in pregnant or lactating dogs.
Advantix Fortnightly Spot-on Can use in puppies from 8 weeks of age. TOXIC TO CATS.
Frontline Plus Fortnightly Spot-on Can use use in puppies from 8 weeks of age, safe for use in pregnant or lactating dogs.
Scalibor Collar Three monthly Collar Can use in puppies from 8 weeks old. Takes 3 weeks to take full effect.
Preventic Collar Two monthly Collar Can use in puppies from 12 weeks old. Takes 24 hrs to take full effect.

For more in-depth discussion about the uses and side effects of these dog friendly tick preventatives please talk to one of our trained nurses, or talk to your vet at your next visit.

Tick prevention for Cats

If there was ever an argument for keeping your cats indoors, then protecting them from ticks is it. There are far fewer products available for cats, which require more frequent and intensive administration than the products used for dogs. Remember- most of the dog tick prevention products are DEADLY TOXIC to cats. Only use cat-friendly tick prevention products on your cat.

Product Frequency of administration Route Comment
Frontline Spray Three weekly Topical spray A typical 5kg cat will need 20 pumps (4 pumps per kg) if you have the 250ml or 500ml bottles, or 60 pumps (12 pumps per kg) if you have the 100ml bottle. Wear rubber gloves to rub in all over your cat, avoiding their eyes.

Daily tick searches

Even if your dog or cat is on a tick preventative you should still check them for ticks every day!

  • Get into the habit of carefully combing through your pet’s fur using your fingertips from head to tail looking for ticks.
  • Pay close attention under their collar, around their eyes, ears, armpits, between the toes as well as checking between any skin folds.
  • A tick or tick crater will feel like a bump on their skin.
  • If you find a tick on your pet, remove it immediately and take your pet to be examined by your vet.
  • Don’t stop searching if you find one tick- keep going until you’ve searched your whole pet. It’s not uncommon for pets to have numerous ticks on them at once.

How to remove a tick

When removing a tick, try not to squeeze its body. Aim to remove the tick by its head at the point of insertion into your pet’s skin. A tick remover is very useful for this, which is a fork-like device that slides either side of the tick’s head (without touching its body) gently removing it.

If the tick doesn’t come off easily, please visit your regular vet and a trained nurse will be able to help you remove the tick safely. Do not use kerosene, turps or methylated spirits to try to remove the tick as these can cause other health problems for your pet.