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Coasting : Issue 6 Dec 2009
15 www.coastingtoday.com.au Ph: 4353 5477 | Unit 1, 1 Zenith Centre, 6 Reliance Dr Tuggerah | Email: email@example.com DEWAAL JEWELLERY No Interest Take Home Lay By Available. Conditions apply. Manufacture & Repair of All Jewellery NEW Sterling Silver Range Top: S/S Black CZ Ring $90 Right: S/S 5 row CZ Baguette Ring $149 Bottom: S/S Baguette between 2 lines & round CZ Claw Ring $139 NEW JAG WATCHES Available NOW! Left: Mens Jag Watch 100m Water Resistance Two Tone Steel $299 Right: Ladies Jag Watch 50m Water Resistance Gold Steel $229 Pearl Collection NEW Pearl Range In Store Ring: 9ct Y/G Ring with White Cultured Pearl with 6 Diamonds Necklace: Cultured Pearl Strand with 18ct Y/G Diamond Enhancer $1,800 Handmade Rings Custom Makes Available Far Left: 18ct Y/G Claw Set Dia Ring, RBC, 46pt $2,816 Left: 18ct Y/G Bezel Set Dia Ring, RBC, 50pt $4,622 Right: 18ct W/G Claw Set with 8 side stones. Dia Ring, RBC, 1.02ct $7,600 Far Right: 18ct Y/G 3 Stone Dia Ring, RBC, 1x40pt, 2x30pt $4,494 Wedding Rings Engagement Rings Eternity Rings c8638487-3Dec Ticks may be tiny, but they can pack a lethal punch if left undiscovered in your pet. COASTING PETS By DAVID STEWART Ticking bomb for pets ON THE MEND: Dr James Yates with Max who, thanks to a watchful owner and the vet staff at Doyalson Animal Hospital, has survived more that one brush with paralysis ticks. Picture by Aaron Brown. CENTRAL Coast pet owners have been warned that the current tick season could be one of the worst in memory. The Australian National Kennel Council said that coastal weather conditions had resulted in perfect breeding conditions for fleas and ticks. It is urging pet owners to carefully examine their dogs and cats daily to avoid the potentially deadly effects of tick paralysis. James Yates, a veterinarian at Doyalson Animal Hospital, said spring and summer were the peak seasons for ticks, although the parasites could occur at any time of year. "In the last three days alone we've treated seven animals for ticks," Dr Yates said. Paralysis ticks don't only affect dogs and cats but can claim other pets such as birds and horses as hosts, too. "Paralysis ticks secrete a toxin that binds to the nerves and leads to muscle paralysis," Dr Yates said. "The toxin is often first noticed in the back legs, causing weakness and an altered gait, but can progress and affect all muscles including the heart, and the muscles responsible for respiration and the oesophagus." Clock is ticking Time is critical when fighting back against a tick's toxin. Although most animals that are presented to vet clinics with tick trouble recover, the longer a tick is left attached to an animal, the more toxin it can inject, Dr Yates said. Owners who discover a tick on their pet should remove it immediately, by grabbing it (either with tweezers or fingers) as close as possible to the pet's body and pulling it off. "Be sure to keep the tick, and take it with you to a vet so that the tick can be properly identified," Dr Yates said. Don't assume that the removal of the tick is the end of the problem. "Get the animal to a vet to be checked, even if the animal seems OK, because the toxin can take some time to show clinical signs," he said. Many ticks are found on the head and neck of the animal, but they can attack any part of the body, including unusual places such as the inside of the mouth, and between the toes. Be vigilant Prevention still beats a cure any day. Dr Yates said vets could advise pet owners about which of the variety of tick prevention products -- including sprays, spot-on preparations, rinses, tick collars and tablets -- was best for each pet, and which products were safe to use in combination. But he warned that some products were lethal if used on cats. "The main message is to pay close attention to the directions on the packaging," he said. "And some products which kill fleas have to be applied more frequently if tick protection is required." The best safeguard was a vigilant owner who thoroughly checked their pet daily, he said. Owners of long- haired pets should consider clipping their animals in spring and summer. "None of these preventative measures are 100 per cent guaranteed, and the owners of high-risk animals should consider using more than one preventative product," he said. CULPRIT: The paralysis tick is typi- cally blue-grey and can range from 3mm to 10mm in length.
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