We have had our first tick paralysis cases for the season already. Signs of weakness and slobbering don’t show up until a few days after the ticks attach. Pets are often back in Canberra before owners notice something is wrong.
If you are off to the coast with your pets apply tick preventative BEFORE you go. Advantix should be applied (dogs only) 2 days before. Permethrin spray needs regular reapplication. Inspect and run your hands over all pets on the coast at least ONCE a day. We can’t rely on chemicals alone. Ticks sneak into skin folds near the ears, under the tail, in the groin and armpit, in the corners of the mouth and under the collar.