Paralysis Tick Hosts
The natural hosts of paralysis ticks are wildlife animals including bandicoots, possums and kangaroos. However susceptible hosts include dogs, cats, humans and farm animals (calves, sheep, foals).
Paralysis Tick Toxicity
Saliva of the larvae, nymphs and adults contains a neurotoxin which is injected into the host while feeding. A single adult paralysis tick can cause tick paralysis and death in a pet. Symptoms of tick toxicity usually begin 3-4 days after tick attachment and include:
Weak back legs/inability to walk
Loss of appetite
Change to the sound of the voice
Vomiting, drooling or gagging
Brown Dog Tick Issue
The natural host of the brown dog tick is the dog. However, susceptible hosts include cats, cattle, sheep and horses. Brown dog ticks are non-venomous but can cause irritation and discomfort, anaemia (in heavy infections) and tick fever (blood-borne parasite causing fever, inappetance, anaemia and depression). Brown dog ticks are often found in large numbers, with each female producing up to 5000 eggs. Larvae, nymphs and adults must all attach to and feed on an animal, and they usually use the same host each time and survive in the host’s immediate environment (e.g. kennel). They can survive for 1.5 years as adults without feeding. Control of these parasites relies on clearing out kennels and using insecticides, as well as control on the animal.
Wildlife and cattle are the most common host, but they also attach to dogs. They are non-venomous but can cause irritation and discomfort, and anaemia in large numbers. Protecting your working dog