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How do I know if I found a tick on my dog?

The ticks commonly found around the Dandenong Ranges are related to the paralysis tick found in coastal areas but don’t seem to cause any life threatening paralysis. Mostly, it is the tiny larval stage ticks that cause intense irritation to small dogs and cats.

The areas where the larval ticks usually attach are inside the front legs, under the belly and under the armpit regions. They appear as small scabs where the ticks have left craters in the skin.

Adult ticks can be removed with special tick hooks or killed with methylated spirits or medicated washes and spot-ons. Ask our trained vet nurses for the right treatment products or for advice on removal.