There are three common ticks that can affect dogs and cats in Australia: the Paralysis Tick, the Bush Tick and the Brown Dog Tick. Paralysis ticks cause paralysis but the others can carry around other diseases which can affect your dog and cat.

Paralysis Ticks: 

Paralysis Ticks are nasty little critters that can be deadly, so it is important to make sure you know enough about them and that your pets are treated against them.

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What is a paralysis tick?

A paralysis tick is about 3mm – 10mm in length with the front and handles being darker than the two middle sets of legs.

When a paralysis tick bites into your dog or cat it releases a harmful toxin which can result in paralysis if it goes unnoticed.

Symptoms of a paralysis tick intoxication are gradual, and they include:

  • Vomiting
  • Unsteadiness
  • Weakness in hind legs
  • Partial loss of muscle movement
  • Difficulty eating
  • Excessive drooling
  • Complete loss of muscle movement
  • Fast heart rate
  • Poor reflexes
  • Low muscle tone
  • Excessive dilatation of pupils
  • Asphyxia due to respiratory muscle paralysis

Treatments you can use to prevent ticks:

In dogs:

  • Nexgard / Nexgard Spectra
  • Frontline Plus
  • Advantix
  • Bravecto
  • Simparica

In cats:

Currently the only tick prevention method for cats is frontline spray.


If you think your cat or dog has symptoms of a paralysis tick, please make your way to an emergency vet immediately.

If you have any Questions regarding Ticks give us a call on 0481 527 678 or 0481 569 570. Additionally, you can email us at