Everything you need to know about ticks and how they affect your dog.

The facts about ticks

  • Paralysis Tick - most dangerous tick

    The single most dangerous tick for dogs in Australia is the paralysis tick.

  • 3,000 eggs at a time

    A single female paralysis tick can lay up to 3,000 eggs at a time.

  • They are related to spiders

    A tick is a small blood-sucking parasite that is related to spiders.

  • They can potentially kill dogs

    After attaching and feeding, a paralysis tick starts producing a potent toxin that affects the dog's central nervous system and causes progressive paralysis and possible death.

Tips for preventing ticks

  • Use Bravecto and our reminder tool

    Bravecto provides 4 months protection against paralysis ticks. Register for our convenient reminder to help ensure you don’t miss a dose.

  • Ticks like bush and shrub areas

    Avoid bushy areas and long grass.

  • Create a barrier between natural areas

    If there are ticks around your home, create barriers by cutting bands of vegetation short between your lawn and surrounding natural areas, or use mulch and wood chips to create vegetation-free bands at least a few metres wide.

  • Remember to check for ticks after returning

    Always check your dog, and yourself, for ticks when you return from areas where you may have been exposed, and dress appropriately in long pants and boots if possible.

  • Don't risk it - be proactive

    Always use preventative treatment, such as Bravecto, during tick season.

Identifying ticks

Paralysis Tick

Ixodes holocyclus

Where do Paralysis Ticks Live?

Paralysis ticks need humidity and the right temperature to develop. They are mainly found on the east coast of Australia. They will not survive or breed in cold and dry climates.

  • Paralysis tick
    Adult female

    No engorgement

  • Adult female

    Moderate engorgement

  • Adult female

    Full engorgement

Brown Dog Tick

Rhipicephalus sanguineus

Where do Paralysis Ticks Live?

Brown dog ticks thrive in temperate regions of the country however are capable of overwintering within kennels and homes in colder climates. The brown dog tick can thrive indoors throughout its entire life cycle, unlike other tick species.

  • Adult male

  • Adult female

  • Engorged Brown Dog Tick
    Adult female

    Engorged

Life cycle of a paralysis tick

Click through all stages of the tick life cycle to learn more.

Tick Eggs

Tick Eggs

A single female paralysis tick can lay up to 3,000 eggs at a time.

Tick Larvae

Larvae

Ticks hatch as six-legged larvae after an incubation period of 40 to 60 days. Larvae search for a blood meal from a host, feed for four to six days, then drop from the host and moult to become an eight-legged nymph.

Tick Nymph

Nymph

Nymphs require a second blood meal on a host before they can moult again to become an adult.

Tick Adult

Adult

Female adults then require a further blood meal of up to ten days before dropping off a host to lay up to 3,000 eggs in leaf litter. Male adults will search for females on the host for mating, and to parasitise the females for blood meals. This life cycle takes around a year to complete.

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How to check for ticks

  • Step 1.

    Ticks are very small before they have started to feed, and are easy to miss without a thorough examination. Once ticks are engorged with blood they are larger and easier to feel and spot.

  • Step 2.

    Run your fingers slowly through the dog's fur down to skin level, feeling for any bumps. It is important that you check the entire body.

  • Step 3.

    A thorough combing within 4-6 hours of exposure to bush or tall grass can help prevent ticks attaching themselves to your dog.

  • Step 4.

    To remove a tick use tweezers, fingernails or a tick removing device to grasp the tick as close as possible to the dog's skin, and slowly but firmly pull it away from the skin, trying to keep the tick intact.

  • Step 5.

    If the mouthparts of the tick happen to stay in the skin, they may be gently scratched out with a fingernail. The mouth-parts will not inject any more poison once the body has been removed, but it may cause a local reaction to the skin similar to a splinter.

  • Step 6.

    If you have any concerns about a paralysis tick affecting your dog, call your vet immediately. They can also advise you about using Bravecto for paralysis tick protection.

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