AWLQ urges pet owners to be extra vigilant as Paralysis Tick Antiserum supplies
dry up across Queensland,

Queensland is experiencing a state-wide shortage of the only lifesaving treatment for animals suffering
from tick paralysis. Many clinics across the state are reporting they only have enough stock to last a few

Supplies are not expected to be available until late November or early December. If a pet gets a paralysis
tick and becomes symptomatic, there may be no treatment. As a result, there is a high chance that the pet
may die.

Animal Welfare League Queensland spokesperson, Craig Montgomery, said, “Paralysis ticks are prevalent
now – AWLQ’s Community Vet Clinics have seen 125 cases in the past four months. This is more cases than we typically see in a 12-month period”.

AWLQ urges pet owners to check that their animal’s tick treatments are up to date and stay on top of this
as the state experiences one of the worst tick seasons on record.

Keep your pet’s tick treatments up to date

“Unfortunately, the AWLQ Community Vet Clinics have a minimal supply of paralysis tick antiserum left – so we’re urging pet owners to remain vigilant and take precautionary steps to protect their pets,” he said.

“Spot-on treatments, tablets and collars are available, and it’s best to consult your vet about which is most suitable for your pet. Pet owners should also thoroughly examine their pets daily. Such things as checking between their toes, inside their ears, nose, mouth and on their stomach – anywhere that may touch the ground.”

Check your pets for ticks

Other preventative steps include avowing tick habitats such as bushland or scrub areas, but if you go for
bush walks, ensure your dog is on lead and not going off track.

Common signs and symptoms indicating that your pet may be suffering from paralysis tick toxins include:

• Vomiting or dry retching
• Loss of appetite
• Excessive salivating
• Coughing or loud panting
• Change in voice and weakness in the hind limbs progressing to total paralysis

For further advice, AWLQ encourages pet owners to speak to their veterinarian or contact their nearest
AWLQ Community Vet Clinic.

About Animal Welfare League Queensland:
Founded in 1959, AWLQ has become a trusted leader in animal welfare. We provide a safe haven and
second chance for nearly 10,000 stray and homeless animals annually. To each of these animals we
welcome through our doors, we promise to never euthanise a healthy, sociable, or treatable animal in our
care. In addition to our shelter work, we are committed to keeping pets and people together by providing
lifesaving support and resources to people in need with companion animals. We are known for our
grassroots and innovative community-based animal welfare work, including our community vet clinics,
Getting to Zero, Golden Hearts Seniors’ Support Program and the National Desexing Network


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