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In Australia around, 75,000 dogs and cats are paralysed by paralysis ticks each year. The good news is that tick paralysis prevention is available. Whilst no product is 100% effective, the administration of products specifically designed for tick control can greatly reduce the risk of tick paralysis.

There are lots of tick preventatives on the market, but before buying the first or cheapest product you see, it’s important to ensure that it is the right one for your pet. Talk to our experienced vets or nurses, who will recommend the best product for your pet.

Tick Preventatives Available at Cairns Veterinary Clinic

For Dogs

Bravecto Chew – Available as a 1 pack, this is a chewable tablet that prevent fleas and ticks for 3 months. It come in a 1 pack. Click HERE for more details.

Nexgard Spectra – Available in a 1, 3 or 6 pack, this is a chewable tablet that prevents fleas, ticks, heartworm (other methods of Heartworm Preventative may be more effective depending on your situation) and some intestinal worms.  It must be given at the same time each month. Click HERE for more details.

IMPORTANT – Never give heartworm tablets to an animal which may have heartworm (has missed treatment, even by 1 or 2 days, or has not been on a heartworm preventative previously). If your pet has missed treatments speak to your vet before giving any heartworm preventative.)

Simparica Chews – This is a chewable tablet that prevents fleas and ticks for 1 month. Available as a 1, 3 or 6 pack. Click HERE for more details.

Bravecto Spot on – Available as a 1 pack, this product is applied to the skin and prevents fleas and ticks for 6 months. Your pet must be dry on application and remain dry for 72hrs after application. Click HERE for more details.

Seresto Collar – This collar prevents ticks for 4 months and fleas for 8 months.  It is odourless, powder less and non-toxic to humans. For more details see -Control

For Cats

Bravecto Spot on – Available as a 2 pack, this product is applied directly to the skin and each pipette is effective against fleas and ticks for 3 months. Click HERE for more details.

Bravecto Plus Spot on -This product treats fleas for 3 months, prevents ticks for 10 weeks, heartworm for 2 months and controls some intestinal worms (does not control tapeworms). It is available as a 1 pack and is ideal for those hard to worm cats. For more details click HERE. 

We also recommend the following: 

  1. Keep your pet’s coat short – longer haired dogs and cats are more susceptible to tick paralysis as it’s hard to find ticks on them, especially if they are knotted or matted.
  2. Avoid high risk areas such as bush land, creeks, long grass etc. Lawn maintenance is essential in paralysis tick prevention.
  3. Search your pet daily for ticks – thoroughly search your pet’s skin and coat every day, even if tick control has been used. Ticks or tick craters can be felt as lumps on the skin surface.

Want 15% off your pet’s tick preventative? Sign your pet’s up to our free Platinum Paws Club. See our website at or contact us on 4032 9999 for more information.

If you suspect that your pet has been affected by a paralysis tick, call us immediately at any time of the day and night on 4032 9999


Cairns Veterinary Clinic is proud to have been caring for Cairns furry family members since 1966. With 2 convenient locations, Pease Street and Norman Street, Gordonvale, our clinics are staffed by a great team of hard working and dedicated veterinary professionals who treat your pets as if they are their own.   With a vet available 24/7 365 days per year, we are always here when you need us. Contact our friendly staff for all your pet’s healthcare needs.