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If there is one thing guaranteed to freak out a dog owner it’s the mention of two words: paralysis ticks.
With our paralysis tick and flea season officially starting this month, now is the time to get your dog protected for the months ahead.
Paralysis tick cases are already being reported by veterinary clinics around Australia and with veterinary experts predicting a bad season ahead, it’s up to us to protect our furry friends.
Paralysis ticks can cause severe reactions in dogs, and often can be fatal, so remember – it’s never too late to be proactive about protecting your pooch.
For well over a decade I’ve relied on my own personal four step method to protect my dogs against fleas and paralysis ticks.
The best part? It spells out TICK – so it’s a breeze to remember.
T is for TREAT. Your best defence against fleas and paralysis ticks is prevention. Treating your dog with a flea and tick treatment on a regular basis keeps your pooch protected from these nasty parasites – reducing the chances of these little critters setting up home in your dog’s fur! Just one Bravecto oral chew keeps your pup protected from fleas for 3 months and paralysis ticks for 4 months.
I is for INSPECT. Paralysis ticks like to hang out in the nooks and crevices of your dog’s body. Make sure you inspect your dog on a regular basis – during your dog’s brush for example – make it a fun bonding experience! Run your hands all over your dog’s body, going against the grain of the fur, paying close attention to in and around the ears, armpits, between the toes, and within skin folds. You’re looking for an attached tick which can range from the size of a pencil tip to a baked bean when engorged. If you do find a tick contact your vet immediately who will be able to advise on the tick’s safe removal. While prevention is the #1 key to protecting your dog from ticks, inspecting your dog regularly gives that extra peace of mind.
C is for CLEAN. Ticks are often found in grassy and woodland areas, but can also show up in your everyday urban backyard. Keep your lawn freshly mowed, and hedges trimmed to prevent grassy build ups perfect for ticks to hide in. Wash and clean your pet’s bedding and blankets regularly.
K is for KEEP WATCH. Ticks can carry dangerous diseases – most notably the paralysis tick that produces a toxin which can be fatal in dogs. Some of the signs that your dog may have a paralysis tick include increased or laboured breathing, coughing, excessive salivation, vomiting and weakness or lameness in the hind legs. If you see any of these signs, be sure to contact your vet immediately.
We’ve teamed up with Bravecto to offer you the chance to WIN 1 of 20 Bravecto prize packs. Enter below!
THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS:
1. Claire Hitchon
2. Jessica Craig
3. Karlene Forrest
4. Alice Cooksley
5. Tegan Cluer
6. Deborah Olliffe
7. Kristen Jorgensen
8. Val Davis
9. Peta Newsome
10. Petrina Brown
11. Rachel Brouff
12. Emily Onizawa
13. Laticia Cox
14. Falon Downing
15. Olivia-Jade Schick
16. Amy Petersen
17. Michael Raftery
18. Skye Danaher
19. Amy Hines
20. Bonnie Hu
This post and giveaway is brought to you by Bravecto.
The giveaway is open to Australian residents only aged 18+ years.
Family of Pretty Fluffy staff are ineligible to enter.
The total prize pool is 20 Bravecto Packs.
The competition will close on Thursday 6 October 2016 at 6:00pm Sydney EST and the winners drawn at this time.
The winners will be announced on Pretty Fluffy and contacted by the email provided.
Prizes not claimed within 7 days will be redrawn.