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Forget crocs, spiders and snakes – for many Australian dogs the Paralysis Tick may be the deadliest animal they are likely to encounter. Less than half the size of a pea, the Paralysis Tick packs a deadly poison. According to the University of Sydney, an estimated 10,000 dogs become infected with Paralysis Ticks each year, with approximately 500 of them perishing.
Fortunately, you can help prevent your dog from becoming infected by taking a few prudent steps. If your dog is bitten by a Paralysis Tick, effective treatments are available (especially if the tick is detected quickly), but treatment can quick cost thousands of dollars. Pet insurance can help protect your wallet, but be sure to check any sub-limits that may apply for tick paralysis.