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In Australia we have a problem with paralysis ticks in summer and we are in the middle of summer.

Last Saturday when I went to let my 4 year old labrador Miley out of the laundry (where she sleeps overnight), I found her standing but unable to move. Her back legs were paralysed and she could not move toward me at all. Even her front legs seemed unable to move. She was very thirsty. We carried her to the car and rushed her to the vet. The obvious diagnosis was a paralysis tick. Her breathing was apparently very slightly distressed (unnoticeable to us).

She was sedated, shaved and searched all over (including ears, mouth and butte) but no tick nor even a tick crater was found. However, I readily agreed to the tick serum ($A500) as it still remained the apparent cause.

Apart from not finding evidence of a tick the other concern was that she made almost a too quick recovery from the serum. The vet said they usually take many more hours than she did to regain use of their legs.

Miley remained in hospital for 2 nights (48 hours altogether) on IV fluids and regular rechecking for a tick or crater by different vets and nurses. When we picked her up she went crazy and appeared to be completely better. That afternoon and night at home she was quiet and subdued but the next day seemed back to her old self. Other people with tick poisonings have reported much longer recovery times.

She is on strict rest with no running or jumping for at least 2 weeks and only walks on the lead (boring!)

We are still assuming and hoping it WAS a tick that came off by itself and the crater is in some hidden place.

There are other things that can cause sudden paralysis in hind legs, but I don't think they would be reversed so quickly.

Any thoughts anyone? They took bloods and all came back normal. This is Miley who had the terrible birthing experience back in May 2013.

Kate (sydney)
 

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I'm sorry I can't help but this sounds really scary. How long was she paralysed for?

I hope she continues to recover and you don't have any further episodes.
 

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Well we saw it from 8 in the morning til 9 when we left her at the vet. She didn't have the tick anti-serum til between 2.15 and 3.15 (gradual dose) and when we picked her up at 3.45 she was walking.

I had serious problems with the vet (my regular vets were away due to Xmas) and even though I was adamant that I wanted the tick anti serum given regardless of whether they found a tick or crater, they did not give it until I rang them at 2pm. I was very angry!

Then to make me angrier, they were going to leave her unattended overnight from 4pm! I picked her up and took her to our specialist emergency vet hospital. As she did not yet have her gag reflex back, they said they would NOT leave her unattended!

I need to write a letter of complaint to my regular vet practice.
 

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I hope Miley stays well, you are right to give the vet a rollocking its not on leaving your girl unattended when so poorly.

Hopefully you will find out what did cause the paralysis, could it have been a spider.

June
 
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