Be aware of ticks if taking pets on holiday, vet warns
FROM paralysis ticks, unsafe travelling harnesses and being left behind, the holiday season can be quite dangerous for our furry friends.
But taking some time to plan your holiday around the family pet can make this summer a lot less stressful for the owner and pet.
When taking an animal on holiday, owners should consider a safety harness to secure their pet when travelling.
Once getting to the destination, Gladstone veterinarian Kylie Dudley said pet owners should be wary of paralysis ticks because pets tend to pick them up while on holiday.
"All cases of paralysis ticks that I have seen in Gladstone have come from somewhere else," she said.
"It is worth contacting the local vet where you are going and finding out whether paralysis tick is a problem.
"The Sunshine Coast, northern regions like Mackay and Cairns are high-density paralysis tick areas."
Ms Dudley said when leaving pets at home, whether to put them in a boarding kennel depended on the individual animal.
"Some don't handle being in a cage all the time, but if you don't have someone reliable to house-sit or come in and check on the animal on a regular basis, then a boarding kennel is the safest option," Ms Dudley said.
"We had a dog recently that had been bitten by a snake while the owners were away.
"If the people hadn't been house-sitting, that dog would have died."
Symptoms of paralysis tick:
- Wobbliness or weakness in the back legs
- Difficulty with stairs and jumping
- Loss of appetite
- Changes in your pet's bark or meow
- Difficulty breathing
Tips for taking pets on holiday:
- Strap them in with a safety harness
- Talk to your vet about different pests in the region
- Know the emergency numbers of where you are visiting
- Watch out for bush and paralysis ticks
- Dogs need lots of water and breaks on long trips