Tick ​​paralysis symptoms: Vets are urging dog owners to warn if the deadly disease is spreading

Dog owners are warned about this year’s tick season after a deadly tick-borne disease was discovered in Queensland.

Ehrlichiosis, a deadly bacterium carried by brown ticks, has dog owners on high alert after it was discovered in Queensland this year.

The disease first emerged in Western Australia during tick season last year, but has since been found in parts of Queensland for the first time.

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“There’s a real chance it could spread to all parts of Australia, which is why it’s so important to ensure prudent tick prevention,” said Dr. Karishma Dahia, Animal Welfare League veterinarian, told 7NEWS.

“There is a real risk of it spreading through the canine population because of the risk that it might go undetected.”

Veterinarians say the bacterium, while deadly, is preventable.

At least 10,000 pets are hospitalized with potentially fatal tick bites in Australia each year.

Dog owners across the country are being warned about this year’s tick season after a deadly tick-borne disease was discovered in Queensland. Recognition: Antonio_Diaz/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Startling new statistics from the Australian Paralysis Tick Advisory Panel show that just under half (48 per cent) of dogs living in paralysis tick areas in Australia are receiving tick prevention.

This has fallen by 5 percent in the last two years.

Where are tick hotspots?

While veterinarians say all dog owners should ensure their pet is protected no matter where they are, there are some areas that are of greater concern.

Areas near dense scrubland along rivers or the coast, such as near national parks, are common tick hotspots.

Along the east coast of the country in particular, there are areas of concern for both paralysis and bush ticks, according to NexGard Spectra Australia.

For brown dog ticks, many of the country’s eastern states are considered hotspots, including NSW, QLD, VIC, NT and SA.

Some coastal areas of Western Australia are also known to be brown dog tick hotspots.

Warning signals

Signs of tick paralysis can vary and include:

  • Altered mobility, which may include loss of coordination and weakness
  • Labored or rapid breathing, grunting, and/or lifting of the abdomen
  • Change or loss of bark
  • Cough
  • gagging and vomiting
  • loss of appetite
  • Inability to blink in one or both eyes
  • Appear generally unwell

How to check

Vets say the best way to spot the pests is to run your fingers through your pet’s coat daily, but they stress preventive treatment is just as important, since chewable tablets cost about $75 for three months protection costs.

How to check your dog for ticks:

  1. Gently run your fingertips through the fur at skin level, feeling for any bumps.
  2. Start at the head and neck – don’t forget the mouth and ears – and work your way down the front legs to the paws, checking between and under the toes. Search the chest, abdomen, back, tail, and hind legs.
  3. Remove the collar and look for ticks that might be hiding underneath.

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James Brien

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