Paralysis ticks can be extremely difficult to find, even animals with short coats can be a challenge. At North Coast Veterinary Services we recommend daily tick searching and regular prevention. This means it becomes a routine for you and your pets and makes it more likely you will find ticks early. A pre-season clip in July or early August will also help make searching your pet easier.
If you find a tick, pull it off. Try not to squash it so it can be identified.
There are a lot of old wife tails about removing ticks. Remember you cannot make the paralysis worse by squeezing the tick, accidentally leaving the head of the tick in will not harm your pet. Do not apply any chemicals or substances to get the tick to come off, just pull it out.
Paralysis tick toxin is a neurotoxin which is highly potent. Once a tick is removed most animals will continue to worsen as the toxin already in the body continues to circulate and attach to their nerves. For this reason if you find a tick it is important to contact the vet to see if your pet needs anti-toxin.
While you are waiting to get to the vet clinic you can do some important first aid: