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Ticks and your pet: Owners warned to be vigilant

Ehrlichiosis is a relatively new disease caused by the bacteria Ehrlichia canis, and transmitted by the Brown Dog Tick. Initial cases were confirmed  in  May 2020 in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Dogs develop ehrlichiosis after being bitten by a brown dog tick infected with  Ehrlichia canis.  Dogs cannot transmit this to one another.

While this disease has been recorded in Western  Australia and the Northern Territory at the moment, It is important to be vigilant if traveling with your dog in these northern areas. It is highly recommended that dog owners treat dogs for ticks regularly as a preventative measure. If traveling in these parts of Australia, check the DPI's page, Dog Movement Conditions to Reduce the Spread of Ehrlichiosis

At the time of writing, there have been no cases reported outside of these areas. In NSW, there were 3 reports of dogs  that tested positive when re-entering the state from the Northern Territory. These dogs were treated by their veterinarian.

 For more information about Ehrlichiosis, including signs and diagnosis, please use the following government sites:
 Ehrlichiosis in dogs
 Ehrlichiosis disease in dogs


Paralysis ticks (Ixodes Holocyclus) are dangerous parasites that attach to our dogs & cats causing paralysis and even death. These ticks are carried by native animals like bandicoots and breed predominantly along the east coast in warm and humid weather.  Recent evidence  has shown an increase of the tick  locally in the Highlands which has traditionally not been a common area. 
It is the female paralysis tick that causes paralysis tick toxicity. Once attached it begins to feed by burrowing its mouthparts into the animal’s skin and sucking blood – it then starts producing a potent toxin that affects the animal’s central nervous system and causes progressive paralysis and possibly death.
While there is an anti-serum available to treat tick paralysis, treatment is expensive and very much dependent on early identification of symptoms by the owner and immediate veterinary attention.
An engorged paralysis tick
Symptoms that your pet may display if they are suffering from tick paralysis include:

  • Weakness or paralysis in the back legs, progressing to the front legs
  • Wobbling and lack of coordination
  • Coughing or gagging
  • Change in tone of the bark
  • A grunt on breathing
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Regurgitating or vomiting
  • Drooling
  • Inability to stand
  • Facial paralysis
We recommend preventative treatments to kill and repel ticks that come into contact with our pets. For dogs, use the Advantage Seresto tick collar if traveling to a known ‘tick area’, this collar must be applied 48 hours before the dog is fully protected.

 Simparica Trio is a monthly chew that provides protection for Intestinal worms, fleas and paralysis and, brown ticks as well as heartworm.

For further information, call in & see us in the store, or email us: admin@weknowpets.com.au
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