Poor Darcy paralysed from ticks

Young Darcy thought a winter getaway to Bateman's Bay sounded like a great idea! Unfortunately he didn't know about ticks and the trouble that they can cause. Whilst on their holiday on the coast, Darcy's careful owners noticed Darcy was having trouble walking and took him straight to the local vet where he was diagnosed with tick paralysis.

Darcy had almost 20 ticks attached to his face and neck which were causing paralysis of his face and weakness of his legs. Each tick was carefully removed and Darcy was given the antidote, Tick Anti-Serum. He was put on an intravenous fluid drip and transferred back to us and our team continued Darcy's care.

Poor Darcy would choke if given food or drink so he needed to be kept on his intravenous fluid drip to avoid dehydrating rapidly. As he couldn't blink, Darcy's eyes had dried out causing an ulcer which needed regular eye medication. He also developed pneumonia and needed to be treated with antibiotics.

Thanks to the prompt treatment of Darcy he made a rapid recovery. It was great to see him wagging his tail after just three days here. Two weeks later Darcy is now looking great. He does get tired after much activity as it can take up to 6 weeks to fully recover from tick paralysis.

The paralysis tick is common in coastal areas of eastern Australia. While August to February is considered the "tick season", as Darcy found out, they are a risk all year round. We recommend tick preventatives but even these are no guarantee. If you travel with your pets, please check them daily for ticks.

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