The most common ticks infesting dogs in Australia are the paralysis tick, the brown dog tick, and the bush tick.
Ticks are becoming more prevalent in the local area due to the movement of wild animals and development occurring in the area. We have a wide range of preventative options in clinic to prevent paralysis ticks such as monthly Simparica or Bravecto which can be given every 3 months as an oral chew or every 6 months as a spot on. These products need the tick to bite the animal in order to absorb the medication which then kills the tick.
There is a new emerging tick borne disease call Ehrlichiosis which is currently affecting dogs in Northern Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Ehrlichia canis is a parasite that lives within the brown dog ticks which can be spread to dogs with just one bite. This is a life-threatening disease which can cause fever, lethargy and bleeding disorders.
If you are planning on travelling with your dog to these areas we recommend using a regular systemic prevention PLUS a tick collar, such as Seresto, as a repellent.