Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Summer Has Gone, but the Ticks Are Still Biting; Deadly Pest Now Survives into Winter to Strike Down Dogs

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Summer Has Gone, but the Ticks Are Still Biting; Deadly Pest Now Survives into Winter to Strike Down Dogs

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Byline: Beth Newman

IPSWICH vets have warned pet owners that ticks are no longer simply a warm-weather threat, with cases on the rise this winter.

Ticks are usually most common in spring, but a wetter start to the year has led to a spike in bites.

Karalee resident Kristy Dowell found this out first hand, with her red cattle dog Izzy spending a week at the vet after being struck down by a tick.

aWe found her in the paddock unable to move. We had a quick look and we did find the paralysis tick,a Mrs Dowell said.

aShe's a fairly active dog so they think the poison pumped through her pretty quickly.a

Silkstone vet Simon Coates said his clinic had seen an unprecedented number of tick cases this year.

aWe used to see them from August to December but now we're getting them in June and July. It's a devastating thing to happen,a Dr Coates said.

aWe treat ticks very aggressively and we've had two die from tick paralysis (this winter), which is very unusual. …

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