PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!
- use preventative medication
- keep your pet’s coat short
- avoid long grass
Spring is here and not only has it put a spring in our step it has also given a jump start to a dangerous time for our four legged friends. Sydney’s flea and tick season is typically September through to March love this wet and warm weather.
Make sure you are well stocked with products such as Bravecto or Nexguard that do a great job with the latest strains of ticks and fleas – ask your vet which would suit your dog.
TICKS CAN BE NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT TO FIND IN FUR AND ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE IF THE COAT IS MATTED. IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO KEEP YOUR DOG’S COAT SHORTER IN THESE MONTHS.
Signs of tick paralysis include weakness, a change in bark/meow, labored breathing, wheezing, coughing vomiting, excessive salvitation, wobbliness in the back legs that can progress to the whole body. Left untreated can result in coma and death.
Fleas can be a difficult parasite to eradicate because they are so well adapted to the Australian climate and because different stages in their life cycle require different treatment.