Pet owners are urged to keep an eye out for a potentially deadly tick which has found its way to Melbourne.
Find out more in the following clip by 7 News.
We spoke with Dr Andrea from Reservoir Vet Clinic to get her expert advice on the outbreak.
How can pet owners avoid their pet coming into contact with the Eastern Paralysis Tick?
Recent studies are showing that the Eastern Paralysis Tick is in metropolitan Melbourne- so using proven tick treatments such as Bravecto on dogs and Seresto on cats is going to help prevent tick paralysis – always follow the manufacturers instructions.
What are the symptoms of a tick bite that pet owners should look out for?
Unfortunately symptoms can vary a lot and can include, staggering, change of voice, vomiting, not able to eat properly, difficulty breathing, difficulty walking or not wanting to walk.
If an owner suspects their pet has been bitten by a tick, what should they do?
It’s important to seek veterinary assistance immediately as paralysis tick is life threatening.