I’ve “borrowed” a picture from The House Call Vet’s website to show you what ticks look like. The paralysis tick is the worst one you can come into contact with.
From here on I’m going to refer you to a few websites with more information so you can do your own research. It’s such a serious issue and I don’t want to give you any wrong information.
For tick information concerning animals
First go to google images and look at the pictures of young and adult paralysis ticks. There are a couple of really good photos that show you what they look like when they’ve attached themselves to an animal.
The next place to go is one of the vet websites.
I found the Greencross Vets Ku-Ring-Gai website quite good. It’s really informative and it explains what happens if you do have to take an animal to the vet. I’ve had a few clients who’ve had to do this after a paralysis tick bite and it’s really expensive and really stressful, so prevention is a must.
For tick information concerning people
Go to the NSW Government Health website
I tried to put a link to the site here, but it didn’t work, so just go to google and type Ticks NSW Health and it should come up at the top of the results page.