Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Ticked off over Charge

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Ticked off over Charge

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Byline: Kathy Sundstrom

BE WATCHFUL

Paralysis tick symptoms

Animal is lethargic

A change in the sound of their bark or miaow

Vomiting

Wobbly back legs

Grunting in respiration

A SUNSHINE Coast dog lover is calling for drug companies to subsidise the cost of the paralysis tick treatment, with many beloved pets clogging veterinary emergency departments on the weekend.

Karen Lucas spent $450 on the treatment for her beloved maltese-cross Iggy on Saturday.

When she rushed Iggy to the Maleny Veterinary Service, there were "five dogs in there all with the tick".

Vet Dr Debbie Thorne confirmed there were "between 15 and 20 pets" treated at the practice on the weekend alone.

But she said this wasn't unusual for this time of the year with spring being the peak of the tick season.

Ms Lucas said it was money many people could not afford.

"My dogs have a tick collar on, but when I came home my other dog also had two ticks embedded in her lip," she said. …

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