Ticks In Australia

Ticks in Australia

Paralysis Tick

The Paralysis Tick (Ixodes  holocyclus) is the single most dangerous parasite for dogs on the eastern coast of Australia. Just one tick is capable of causing paralysis and death. Dogs may become infected with ticks as they brush through long grass or scrubs and without a repellent or some kind of tick protection this can lead to serious problems. The Paralysis Tick releases a toxin during the feeding which causes a variety of clinical signs. These include a change in the dog’s bark/behaviour and wobbly hind legs which, if left untreated often leads to fatalities.


The Brown Dog Tick

The Brown Dog Tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) is a serious pest of dogs. It is unique in that it can survive for long periods off the host. There can be massive numbers of ticks in a dog’s environment, either in its kennel or even the home, acting as a reservoir for continual re-infestation of the dog if not treated. Brown Dog Ticks can cause “tick worry” with dogs licking and scratching at the attachment sites. In large number they can cause anaemia.



The Bush Tick

The Bush Tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) affects dogs from irritation of the skin to extensive blood loss in heavy infestations.





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