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Paralysis tick prevention for dogs and cats

During tick season, avoid walking your dog in bush areas known to harbour ticks. Also reduce your cat’s access to tick areas if possible. In your backyard, keep lawns and shrubs short, and remove compost material.

To prevent ticks, do a thorough search of your pet's skin and coat daily, even if tick control products have been applied. This gives you the best chance of finding a tick before serious tick toxicity occurs.

Here’s how (you can also watch our video showing how to search for ticks on dogs and cats):

Use your fingertips to systematically feel through the coat. Ticks or tick craters can be felt as lumps on the skin surface.

Start at the nose and examine the face, ears, lips and eyes, as most ticks are found forward of the front legs. Pay attention to skin folds around the lips and ears.

Search around the eyes and on top of the forehead before checking the neck. Remove the collar and search through skin folds in the neck.

Continue down the shoulders to the forelegs, and also check between the toes and under the armpits. Examine the chest, back, belly, around the tail and anus, and the back legs.

If you find a tick, remove it and keep searching – some pets can be infested with many ticks at once.

 
 
 

How to remove paralysis ticks on dogs and cats

As soon as a tick is found it should be removed. Your vet can show you the best method and provide necessary tick treatment, such as anti-serum. A special hook or tweezers may be useful.

FRONTLINE and paralysis ticks

Two products that effectively control paralysis ticks on dogs (as well as fleas) are FRONTLINE PLUS and FRONTLINE SPRAY.

FRONTLINE PLUS for Dogs controls paralysis ticks for up to 2 weeks, reducing the risk of tick paralysis. Attached ticks will fall off once dead or can be easily removed. FRONTLINE SPRAY is for use on dogs and cats and should be used every 3 weeks. Here’s how to apply FRONTLINE products.

While FRONTLINE products greatly reduce the risk of tick paralysis, their use doesn’t guarantee prevention of all cases of tick paralysis, because ticks are not killed immediately after contact. Continue to search your pet daily, and if you ever find a tick, remove it straight away and contact your vet for tick treatment, such as tick anti-serum.