Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Early Parasite Season Could Be a Deadly One

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Early Parasite Season Could Be a Deadly One

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Byline: Kate Lemmon

IPSWICH veterinarians have warned pet owners of a severe outbreak of the deadly paralysis tick.

Although tick season usually begins with the warmer months, the number of cases seen already at vet surgeries around Ipswich is nothing short of alarming.

Incidents of the paralysis tick, which is grey in colour, have skyrocketed due to the early onset of spring and recent scattered rainfall in the district.

Ipswich Animal Welfare League vet surgeon Dean Tait said his surgery was already averaging more than three cases each week.

"The paralysis tick causes severe cardiac, respiratory and muscle weakness, eventually killing their prey after only a couple of days of attachment," he said.

"The mortality rate of the paralysis tick is extremely high.

"Initial signs your dog was suffering from tick paralysis includes becoming wobbly on their back legs, which progressively gets worse. They then have trouble swallowing and their vocal sounds may change. …

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