Check your pets: North Coast is a tick ‘hot spot’

THE NORTH Coast has been identified as one of the tick 'hot spots' this summer, with hundreds of cases reported to the Disease Watchdog.

The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is urging pet owners to prevent serious harm or death by checking their animals regularly for ticks.

President of the association, Dr Robert Johnson, said it was time to be vigilant.

"Ticks breed mainly along the east coast in warm and humid weather," he said.

"With the extremely hot weather we've been experiencing recently, which is set to continue, we're urging pet owners to take preventive measures to avoid what can often be a fatal outcome.

"There are a range of preventive tick products around.

"For people living in tick-prone areas, they should contact their local vet who can advise on the best prevention method for their situation."

WARNING SIGNS

  • Paralysis ticks tend to attach to the head and neck area of the pet and on the chest and the front leg, but can be found on any part of the body
  • Run your hands over the animal to feel for anything unusual
  • Common signs of tick paralysis include difficulty walking, gurgling and choking
  • Dogs might not be able to bark properly
  • Animals may also have trouble breathing or start to cough when eating or drinking.


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