Brown dog ticks and bush ticks
Brown dog ticks and bush ticks do not cause tick paralysis, but they can cause skin irritation and also transmit other important diseases. E.g. Babesia parasites which invade the red blood cells of dogs causing anaemia, which can be fatal.
There is a new and deadly bacterial disease spread by the Brown dog tick called Canine Ehrlichiosis (E.canis). It affects dogs and in some cases can also infect humans. Symptoms include fever, lethargy, off food, weight loss, enlarged lymph nodes, runny nose and eyes, and delayed blood clotting. A dog can be infected within 30mins of a tick attaching.
E.canis is difficult to treat and many dogs die. Those that survive will often suffer chronic illness or re-infection. The only product in Australia labelled/registered to protect against E.canis is the Seresto Tick Collar as it repels the ticks and kills them before they can bite your dog.
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You can also pop into the clinic to pick your dog up a Seresto Tick Collar any time during hours!