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What should you do if your Pet has eaten or been bitten by a Bat or Flying fox?

Immediatly call us on 07 33571588, there is a specific protocol in place to handle dogs or cats that have had potential contact with an infected bat or Flying fox.

Should I try and move the bat from the pet?

  • AT NO TIME SHOULD YOU ATTEMPT TO HANDLE A LIVING BAT.
  • IF YOU'RE NOT SURE DON'T TOUCH IT.  
  • Even if the bat is dead I would advise against any direct contact.

What Should I do if I think I might have beenbitten or scratched?

GO IMMEDIATELY TO YOUR NEAREST HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM

What can happen if I don't get treatment or post exposure vaccination for my Pet?

  1. Maybe nothing - if the bat wasn't carrying Australian Bat Lyssavirus. The risk of infection is low. but the result of infection could be death, that's a big risk!
  2. If the pet becomes infected, it will die usually within 90 days but it has been recorded for deaths to take as long as 27mths

You can call us and ask to speak to Dr Ben Charlton, to further clarify all of the points discussed above, the queensland government has a protocol in place we follow to provide the correct treatment for these patients.

Spring is here and with it comes an unwanted pest for dogs and cats - the Paralysis Tick.para-tick

New ticks hatch at this time of the year and are particularly toxic to dogs and cats. Many native animals have developed a resistance to the ticks poison, including their natural host the bandicoot, but unfortunately most dogs and cats are badly affected if a tick attaches to them.  The paralysis tick injects a poison into the system which progressively paralyses the host animal. Early signs of tick paralysis include vomiting, a change of bark and faster breathing. This quickly progresses to hind and forelimb paralysis and finally death.

Traditionally we have very few ticks in the Kalinga/Wooloowin and Wavell Heights areas but this year seems to be a bit different. There seems to be a lot more ticks around and already in early spring we are finding ticks on dogs on a regular basis and have had several cases of paralysis. Perhaps all the rain we had last summer has created more favourable conditions. Similarly you don't have to travel too far from this area for ticks to be seen - notably the Sunshine Coast, a popular weekend and holiday destination.  Every spring and summer we have animals in hospital with tick paralysis - the result of dogs picking up ticks further afield and bringing them home.

If you are taking your dog into tick areas we recommend the following precautions: