Tick season is here: Here's the signs to watch out for
RUNNING and sniffing and crawling through bushes - these are a few of a dog's favourite things.
However, the fun quickly comes to a stop if a tick bites, so this weekend the Love Your Dog Festival tackled head-on the issue of paralysis ticks and other parasites through free veterinary advice for dog owners.
Found mainly in bushland and former rainforest areas, paralysis ticks can be a fatal encounter for any dog.
"The symptoms, as the name suggests, is associated with paralysis," Mark Powell, of Tewantin Veterinary Surgery, said at yesterday's Noosa event.
"The paralysis starts at the back end and heads towards the front ... but even before that the dog can be a little off colour and start gagging and having difficulty to swallow," Dr Powell said.
Paralysis ticks can be found and removed, but Dr Powell said the best form of protection was prevention.
The Love Your Dog Festival, held by Advantix, taught pet owners how to check a dog for ticks and the best treatments to kill and repel the parasites.
Event-goers of the four-legged kind were treated to free pamper sessions, while their owners had their face painted, swapped tick treatment products or had professional photographs taken with their pooch.
Sippy Downs dog owner Nicola Walden attended the Buderim event on Saturday with her partner, Toyah Crampton, and their dogs King and Atlas.
"We had our photo taken with the dogs ... it was quite nice as we usually can't get a photo of us all together," Ms Walden said.
"We love them to pieces."
NEED TO KNOW
Paralysis tick symptoms include gagging, difficulty swallowing , retching and weak back legs
Run your hands over the dogs fur to check for ticks, to remove, grasp close to the skin, twist and pluck
If concerned, visit your closest vet
Prevention is the best protection