Be Tick Aware!

Ticks can cause serious and potentially fatal diseases in dogs. Read on to find out everything you need to know about ticks on dogs and how to help keep your dog safe from these nasty parasites.

The Expert View on Tick Checks

Tick Talk with expert Dr Ellie Leister

Find out more about ticks on dogs, the importance of prevention and how to check for ticks.

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Tick Hotspots
Tick Hotspots

There are three main species of Australian ticks that infest dogs: paralysis ticks, brown dog ticks, and bush ticks. Ticks can be found across Australia but the distribution varies depending on the species.

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The Australian paralysis tick can be deadly

Australia is home to a number of tick species that can infest dogs. Of greatest concern is the deadly Australian paralysis tick which can kill a dog if left untreated. They are most common in the warmer months, but can be found throughout the year. Using an effective tick control product all year round and performing daily tick searches are key to helping keep your dog safe from paralysis ticks.

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Check your dog for ticks

Although tick control products will control most of the ticks that your pet may be exposed to, it only takes one paralysis tick to cause tick paralysis. For this reason, it is important to also perform daily tick searches on your pet. Follow these steps.

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Owner and pet dog on a leash bush walking
Owner and pet dog on a leash bush walking
It pays to prevent ticks on dogs

Many dogs with tick paralysis will require intensive care in a veterinary hospital for several days or even weeks. This level of care can cost thousands of dollars. Some dogs will sadly die despite the best veterinary care. It pays to be proactive and use an effective tick treatment for dogs all year round.

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