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How to Protect Your Dog Against Fleas and Paralysis Ticks

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If there is one thing guaranteed to freak out a dog owner it’s the mention of two words: paralysis ticks.

With our paralysis tick and flea season officially starting this month, now is the time to get your dog protected for the months ahead.

Paralysis tick cases are already being reported by veterinary clinics around Australia and with veterinary experts predicting a bad season ahead, it’s up to us to protect our furry friends.

Paralysis ticks can cause severe reactions in dogs, and often can be fatal, so remember – it’s never too late to be proactive about protecting your pooch.

Protect Your Dog Against Fleas + Paralysis Ticks

For well over a decade I’ve relied on my own personal four step method to protect my dogs against fleas and paralysis ticks.

The best part? It spells out TICK – so it’s a breeze to remember.

T is for TREAT. Your best defence against fleas and paralysis ticks is prevention. Treating your dog with a flea and tick treatment on a regular basis keeps your pooch protected from these nasty parasites – reducing the chances of these little critters setting up home in your dog’s fur! Just one Bravecto oral chew keeps your pup protected from fleas for 3 months and paralysis ticks for 4 months.

I is for INSPECT. Paralysis ticks like to hang out in the nooks and crevices of your dog’s body. Make sure you inspect your dog on a regular basis – during your dog’s brush for example – make it a fun bonding experience! Run your hands all over your dog’s body, going against the grain of the fur, paying close attention to in and around the ears, armpits, between the toes, and within skin folds. You’re looking for an attached tick which can range from the size of a pencil tip to a baked bean when engorged. If you do find a tick contact your vet immediately who will be able to advise on the tick’s safe removal. While prevention is the #1 key to protecting your dog from ticks, inspecting your dog regularly gives that extra peace of mind.

C is for CLEAN. Ticks are often found in grassy and woodland areas, but can also show up in your everyday urban backyard. Keep your lawn freshly mowed, and hedges trimmed to prevent grassy build ups perfect for ticks to hide in. Wash and clean your pet’s bedding and blankets regularly.

K is for KEEP WATCH. Ticks can carry dangerous diseases – most notably the paralysis tick that produces a toxin which can be fatal in dogs. Some of the signs that your dog may have a paralysis tick include increased or laboured breathing, coughing, excessive salivation, vomiting and weakness or lameness in the hind legs. If you see any of these signs, be sure to contact your vet immediately.


Every dog owner should know this simple, proven 4 step method to protect your dog from fleas and paralysis ticks - keeping your dog happy and healthy.

Bravecto Flea + Paralysis Tick Treatment What We Loved

  • Bravecto is the only oral chew to deliver 3 months flea and 4 months paralysis tick protection for dogs in a single dose.
  • It comes in a tasty oral chew that your dog gobbles down in seconds – no mess, no fuss.
  • There’s no application to the skin so it won’t wash or rub off, nor cause irritation.
  • It works quickly – controlling fleas within 8 hours of administration, and pre-existing paralysis tick infestations within 24 hours.
  • Can be used in puppies from 8 weeks of age weighing 2kg or more.
  • Can be used in breeding, pregnant and lactating dogs.
  • Available in 5 weight ranges for dogs from 2-56kg.
  • For more information visit

Every dog owner should know this simple, proven 4 step method to protect your dog from fleas and paralysis ticks - keeping your dog happy and healthy.

Giveaway – Win 1 of 20 Bravecto Packs

We’ve teamed up with Bravecto to offer you the chance to WIN 1 of 20 Bravecto prize packs. Enter below!


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6. Deborah Olliffe
7. Kristen Jorgensen
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This post and giveaway is brought to you by Bravecto.
The giveaway is open to Australian residents only aged 18+ years.
Family of Pretty Fluffy staff are ineligible to enter.
The total prize pool is 20 Bravecto Packs.
The competition will close on Thursday 6 October 2016 at 6:00pm Sydney EST and the winners drawn at this time.
The winners will be announced on Pretty Fluffy and contacted by the email provided.
Prizes not claimed within 7 days will be redrawn.

Copy: Serena Faber-Nelson

Photography: Serena Faber-Nelson

Styling: Serena Faber-Nelson

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26 responses to “How to Protect Your Dog Against Fleas and Paralysis Ticks”

  1. Chris Arthur says:

    Thanks for the chance of winning 🙂

  2. Kristina S says:

    Thank you … i’ve seen these on tv and they sound great for my Chi

  3. melissa Thomson says:

    Thanks for a great article with such great info and advice your product sounds amazing

  4. Kathryn says:

    Just seen the advertisement for Bravecto on TV. Love to win this product for my beautiful big pup.

  5. Matilda says:

    Would luv to win and provide feedback thankyou for chance

  6. Angie Flanagan says:

    Would love to win and I’d give you feedback!

  7. Brian Hart says:

    My 2 dogs have fleas right now and would love to try this product out as flea collars and tablets are not working very well

  8. Mary Puddefoot says:

    I have 2 dogs and one suffers hot spot from flea bites cant wait to try this product

  9. Jess says:

    I recently saw the devastating effect of paralysis tick. All dogs deserve the best protection we can provide.

  10. Teresa Wilson says:

    My dogs mean the world to me. My fur children will do anything to protect them

  11. Rachael says:

    Our dog is our world we do everything we can to protect him

  12. Tegan says:

    All animals deserve to be treated with love and respect, just like humans.

  13. Sheza says:

    Our pets are our family, they need to be protected against nasty pests. I would love to win one of these packs. Thankyou

  14. Amanda says:

    This is a summer essential

  15. Judy says:

    My 5 GSD rescues mean the world to me. After a horrid beginning to life ,I only want to make sure they are comfortable for the rest of their lives.

  16. Michelle says:

    Awesome product. Thanks for the chance ?

  17. Tanya says:

    We are getting a new puppy in less than two weeks, a Swiss Shepherd, and would love to win a flea and tick protection Bravetco chew for her. Thanks for the chance.

  18. Deborah says:

    Thanks for the chance of winning my vet has told me I can start my little dog on Bravecto

  19. Kath says:

    I use Bravecto for my gorgeous pup Trix….wouldn’t use anything else. She loves the taste and gives me peace of mind.

  20. Kristen Jorgensen says:

    Thank you very much bravecto I’ve just bought a toy poodle puppy!

  21. Leigh says:

    A dog without a single flea or tick sure is happy and healthy! I’ll keep in mind and have screenshot the 4 step method to keep my dog kids tick and flea free.

  22. […] Read our comprehensive guide on how to protect your dog against fleas and paralysis ticks HERE. […]

  23. Maz Bradley says:

    That is a total pesticide and POISON … another much loved pet died just last week. bringing deaths from just this product alone and in just 26 days of 2017 to 109 dead dogs. These are just the REPORTED deaths . These poisons are not regulated by the FDA .. they are not in fact regulated as they are PESTICIDES, and originally used for pets after being created to control cockroaches and locust plagues .. Funny how ppl are advised to wash hands etc and not for human use .. but it’s ok to put on a PET !!! IT IS NOT OK FOR ANYTHING BUT COCKROACHES …

  24. Joana says:

    Ticks are easier to catch and avoid than fleas. A successful flea control must be focused on controlling larvae and eggs on the environment (correspondent to 90% of fleas). This means wash every thing you can, including their beds and vacuuming the house once or twice a day.

  25. […] Talk to your vet about which form a flea and tick protection is right for your dog and for more information see our tips on how to protect your dog against fleas and paralysis ticks. […]

  26. […] How to make sure your dog is protected? It’s simple: follow the T.I.C.K. method. […]

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