We are fortunate that the prevalence of ticks is low in South Australia. It is essential, however, if you are planning to travel to tick-prevalent areas such as New South Wales, Victoria, Northern Australia, and Queensland this holidays to protect your pet from tick bites and potential tick-borne diseases.
Here are some tips:
Consult with Your Veterinarian:
- Schedule a visit to your veterinarian before the trip. Discuss your travel plans and ask about the specific risks in the area you’ll be visiting.
- Ensure your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date, and discuss preventive measures for tick-borne diseases.
Tick Prevention Products:
- Use veterinary-recommended tick prevention products such as tick collars, spot-on treatments, or oral medications.
- Ensure the chosen product suits your pet’s species, size, and age.
Regular Tick Checks:
- Conduct thorough tick checks on your pet regularly, especially after spending time outdoors. Pay attention to areas like ears, neck, and between toes.
- If you find a tick, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp it as close to the skin’s surface as possible and pull upward with steady, even pressure.
Stay on Designated Paths:
- Stick to well-maintained paths and trails when walking your pet to minimise contact with areas where ticks may be present.
- Be aware of tick habitats, including wooded areas, tall grass, and bushland. Take extra precautions in these environments.
Tick Removal Tools:
- Carry tick removal tools in your travel kit. These tools are designed to safely and effectively remove ticks from your pet’s skin.
Monitor for Symptoms:
- Keep a close eye on your pet for any signs of illness or unusual behaviour. If you notice symptoms like lethargy, loss of appetite, or lameness, seek veterinary attention promptly.
- Familiarise yourself with the signs of tick paralysis in pets. In case of an emergency, seek veterinary care immediately. Know where the local veterinary clinic is to where you are staying.
- After returning from the trip, schedule a follow-up visit with your veterinarian to ensure your pet has not contracted tick-borne diseases.
Taking these precautions and staying vigilant can help protect your pet from tick bites and reduce the risk of tick-borne diseases during your travels.
Contact us for more information.