Data uncovers new tick threat times for Australian pets

3 Aug 2023
A tick burrowed into the skin of an animal
The research showed the number of tick cases drops off in the hottest months of the year. Image: Adobe

University of Queensland research reveals that spring, rather than summer, is the peak time for tick paralysis in dogs and cats and there are cases year-round.

A team led by Professor Stephen Barker at UQ’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences analysed 22,840 cases across 20 years of veterinary records in four regions along Australia’s east coast.

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