10-week old labrador Ziggy was treated by Hervey Bay vet Randal McLellan after she was poisoned by a paralysis tick.
10-week old labrador Ziggy was treated by Hervey Bay vet Randal McLellan after she was poisoned by a paralysis tick. Megan Pope

Tick plague to hit Fraser Coast

PLAGUES of toxic ticks are expected to hit the Fraser Coast this spring and summer, with vets predicting a massive increase in cases during the next few months.

Pet owners are being warned to brace for what may be the worst tick season yet, as incident numbers continue to climb across the region.

Wide Bay Vet Surgery veterinarian Dr Randal McLellan said this year would be a disastrous season for tick attacks, with several animals already being treated for tick symptoms.

"We've already seen quite a few animals this week for paralysis tick treatment," Dr McLellan said.

"We also had a large number of cases in winter, because of the wet weather and that's really uncommon.

"It's a sign that we can expect spring and summer to be a bad season for ticks as well."

Dr McLellan said pet owners should keep an eye out for the symptoms of tick paralysis to ensure their pets didn't become victims of the nasty parasites.

"Early symptoms can include a change in voice or bark and weakness of the legs, especially in the hind legs," he said.

"If this isn't treated it can progress into full paralysis of all limbs, difficulty in breathing and in some cases death."

Using a professional tick preventative was one of the best ways to ensure the safety of your pet, Dr McLellan said.

 

Animals at risk

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Sheep
  • Horses
  • Cattle


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