Did you know that Murrumba Downs is classed as a paralysis tick ‘extreme risk’ area? This means that while other parts of Brisbane and the state can relax outside of the typical ‘tick season’, our area unfortunately doesn’t get such a reprieve.
There’s no better proof of this than the exceptionally high amount of tick paralysis cases we saw this month, while the weather is much colder than ticks typically prefer. Both cats and dogs alike are being paralysed by the little suckers, with some families sadly having to say goodbye to their pets who have been envenomated by the ticks. Symptoms that a cat may be affected include a change in their meow, wobbliness or unable to stand, vomiting or retching and excessive drooling.
There are very few products that prevent paralysis ticks in cats and most involve spraying the cat with copious amounts of a strong-smelling insecticide spray every 2-3 weeks. However, there’s a new product on the market which should provide local cat owners with peace of mind in preventing ticks. Seresto Collars have been shown to be 100% effective in killing paralysis ticks on cats and provide 8 months protection. The collars have two fail-safe features to avoid cats getting the collar caught up when out exploring, and they have no odour or discharge.
To provide long term protection for your cat, and peace of mind for yourself, pop into Murrumba Downs Vet this week and pick up a Seresto collar.