Be alert for early start of tick season
A 4am wake up call to Angourie Road Veterinary Surgery practice principal Karen Teasdale officially signalled the beginning of the paralysis tick season.
Dr Teasdale said the season usually began at the end of June or start of July.
"It is fairly early to start seeing them." she said.
"The beautiful weather might have influenced some of the females to start getting out and about."
She said it was time for animal owners to start look at preventive methods like "spot on" treatments and collars.
"It's very important to read the instructions, some of them can be quite toxic it to some animals," Dr Teasdale said.
"Collars are not effective from the very beginning so now is the time to put them on.
"Washes and shampoos need to be applied more frequently."
She said even animal owners using preventative measures needed to check their pets every day and keep an eye out for symptoms which included the animal being wobbly on its feet, difficulty breathing, vomiting, a change in voice and looking dull and lethargic.
Dr Teasdale said a tick is found, it should be removed straight away, and the animal and the tick should be taken to a vet.
She said despite the size of the tiny creatures, they were a deadly threat.
"At this stage we are alert but not alarmed," Dr Teasdale said.