Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

16 Ticks on Just One Dog; Miracle as Pup Survives Massive Infestation

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

16 Ticks on Just One Dog; Miracle as Pup Survives Massive Infestation

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ASHLEY CLARK

JOURNALIST

ashley.clark@news-mail.com.au

WHEN Bushka the 12-month-old german shepherd arrived at Isis Veterinary Services this week, it was clear that something was wrong.

Veterinarian Jason Wyeth said the dog was weak, unable to walk and had irregular breathing.

A quick check over and a tick was soon found -- but it didn't stop there.

"We ended up shaving him and found 16 ticks," Dr Wyeth said.

"I've never seen a dog with so many ticks.

"One or two were quite engorged, signifying they had been there for a few days."

Dr Wyeth said it was a miracle the pooch survived, with just one paralysis tick potentially fatal.

"Ticks secrete a toxin which causes paralysis," he said.

"This prevents animals from being able to move and breathe and swallow properly.

"A typical dog with 16 ticks I would've expected to have passed away or at least been very very sick."

Dr Wyeth said ticks could live in long grassed areas or be transferred from other animals. …

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