Friday, October 17, 2008

Ticks are back


The number of blog entries inversely corresponds to the length and frequency of my shifts...apologies all. One of my cases yesterday was a 30kg dog presented for tick paralysis. We found 6 Ixodes holocyclus ticks on her. So just a warning people - if you're out and about, you need protection. A lengthier entry on this later, but just so everyone knows, this is what an engorged paralysis tick looks like. Remember that even after you remove the tick the toxin continues to circulate in the blood for an additional 48 hours - meaning the animal will get worse. Even if it has not yet developed signs. Affected animals are at a high risk of aspiration so food and water must be withheld. Your vet can treat with tick antiserum.

7 comments:

  1. Can guinea pigs get ticks or fleas if they go outside? Or do the ticks and fleas prefer dogs and cats?

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  2. Dear Soccergirl, unfortunately guinea pigs CAN get fleas and ticks. There are no products registered for tick or flea prevention in Australia, however I have used selamectin (Revolution) Puppy and Kitten. This is OFF LABEL use which means this does has NOT BEEN SCIENTIFICALLY ESTABLISHED and could still result in adverse effects. If you live in a tick area the best thing is to keep your guinea pigs indoors. Ticks tend to be carried on native animals and congregate in bushy areas. Thanks for the interesting question and I love your guinea pig pic!

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  3. Thank you for answering my question cause I have 3 guinea pigs who love to go outside and eat grass.

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  4. They sound like lucky gps. I have seven. (Four are being fostered, three are mine). Mostly mismarked Dutches. One of the best books on gps is "Diseases of the Domestic Guinea Pig" by Virginia Richardson. My cavy friends recommend "The Really Useful Guinea Pig Book" - I've not read it myself, its on my list of things to read. Re the tick issue I should have mentioned its only a risk if you live in an area where the paralysis tick is found...

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  5. we found our first paralysis tick on tinsley last friday. Scary! Looked like it had only been on her since that morning and she has shown no signs of toxicity.
    So disgusting.....ewwww.

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  6. I do live in an area where lyme disease is...i got it last year...not that fun. As of now I have two gps with fur issues. They're losing their fur and one is already on medincine the other, I'm going to get an appointment. But the fur issue started with one gp and now the other...will my third gp get the fur issue?

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  7. Usually ticks need to be on the dog for a few days before they show clinical signs but this varies depending on the tick, time of year and size of the dog (also previous exposure to dogs). You need to constantly hand search your dogs ie daily during tick season, and remember ticks get into all kinds of crazy places like skin folds, lip folds, in the ear canals and between the toes. If you do remove a tick monitor your dog carefully, keep them quiet and look for any change in their gait, respiratory pattern and whether they vomit, burp or salivate a lot as these can be early clinical signs of tick envenomation.

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