Dirt on ticks

Ticks can lead to serious health problems and even death if your pet isn’t properly protected.

Dirt on Ticks

The facts about ticks

  • Paralysis tick - most dangerous tick

    The single most dangerous tick for dogs and cats 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 and cats

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

Tips for preventing ticks

  • Use Bravecto

    Bravecto provides long-lasting protection against paralysis ticks for dogs and cats.

  • 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 cat, as well as yourself, for ticks when you return from areas where you may have been exposed, and dress appropriately in long pants and boots if possible. In tick season daily searching for and removal of any ticks found on dogs and cats is recommended.

  • Don't risk it - be proactive

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

Identifying ticks

Ixodes holocyclus
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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.

Adult female - no engorgement
Adult female - no engorgement
Adult female - moderate engorgement
Adult female - moderate engorgement
Adult female - full engorgement
Adult female - full engorgement
Rhipicephalus sanguineus
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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 male
Adult female
Adult female
Adult female - Engorged
Adult female - engorged

Life cycle of a paralysis tick

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

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 pet'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 pet.

  • Step 4

    To remove a tick use tweezers, fingernails or a tick removing device to grasp the tick as close as possible to the pet'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 pet, call your vet immediately. They can also advise you about using Bravecto for paralysis tick protection.

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