Let’s talk about Tick Paralysis

Ticks are an unpleasant pest to our furry friends. When a tick stings our dog or cat, a poison is injected as it feeds causing weakness, irritations, a change in pitch of a bark or meow, wobbliness or excessive panting. The Paralysis Ticks are more common for dogs rather than cats, but both are susceptible to the Ixodes Holocyclusis.

Treating Tick Paralysis in Dogs

In the majority of cases, removal of ticks for your dog will lead to a reduction of symptoms within 24 hours and total recovery within 72 hours. Since tick paralysis causes an ascending paralysis, the rear limbs are initially affected. At first the animal may appear weak or unsteady because their rear limbs are weakened. The symptoms quickly progress to paralysis (inability to move) and the involvement spreads to the trunk, upper extremities, and head.

After removal, dab the area with mild antiseptic. If you find a tick, remove it immediately and keep your pet calm and quiet. Then take your pet to the vet as soon as possible, as tick paralysis is a life threatening condition that requires urgent veterinary attention.

Never dig around in the skin to remove the remainder of the tick, as this can actually increase the risk of skin infections. Instead, it's best to let nature take its course. Your dog's body will expel the tick out naturally by itself. To avoid the possibility of infection, apply an antibiotic ointment as directed.

Speak to our team about the risks of Tick Paralysis during your next appointment and keep your best friend happy and healthy!