There are 75 different species of ticks; the most common and most dangerous is the paralysis tick.
Females can deposit between 2,500 to 3,000 eggs in her life cycle, although only a fraction survives to adulthood. The entire life cycle of the paralysis tick has four stages and takes about a year to complete.
When a tick attaches itself to a host, it injects toxins as it feeds. Symptoms of the tick bite can be a change in bark, weakness in the back legs, vomiting and frothing at the mouth. If your dog shows any of these signs it is imperative you get them to a vet immediately. The sooner the animal is treated with the anti-tick serum, the better chance of survival and also less chance of ongoing problems such as heart disease, which can be caused by the toxin.
As they say, prevention is the best cure. There are all kinds of forms of tick preventative methods, and it is up to the owners, to not only find a way that works for them but to make sure the technique is kept up to date.
The range is vast, flea and tick collars, spot on skin preparations, tick washes and powders, we always recommend spending a few dollars extra and get good quality brands, they last longer and are therefore better value. You may feel these products are expensive, but believe me, it is nothing compared to tick serum and care by the vet if your dog is affected.
You can use any of the products; all work well. However, it is essential to give your dog a daily search for the paralysis ticks. Remember ticks love warm moist areas, their ears and the lips can be a standard place they attach and are hard to find. We make it a daily part of a good pat and tummy rub, while at the same time searching for ticks.