Tick paralysis

Protect your pet from tick paralysis
Our clinic offers expert care, tick removal, and prevention advice. Act now to keep your pet safe and healthy.

Paralysis ticks, once attached to the animal release a toxin which causes paralysis of the muscles usually starting from the back legs and continues to quickly ascend up the body.

Some animals will develop breathing difficulties from paralysis of the respiratory muscles. Paralysis ticks can cause death, if not treated promptly.


It is recommended that you check your animal twice daily for paralysis ticks. Animals should be checked more frequently, if you live in, or are travelling to, coastal areas. We also recommend using tick/flea prevention products regularly, for more information on this please call the clinic or email us at univet@sydney.edu.au.

Presence of a paralysis tick on your pet, requires veterinary attention immediately. Your veterinarian will be able to advise you further on tick prevention for your pet.

UVTHS Clinic

  • University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney, (UVTHS), Evelyn Williams Building B10, 65 Parramatta Rd, Camperdown, NSW 2050