While the warmer weather is good for socialising and being active with your animal, it also comes with risks.
As the weather warms up, animal lovers will take their pets to the park, bushwalking or to the beach, and while it's all fun and games, it's these places where pets are exposed to ticks.
What some people fail to remember is that while ticks are small, they can be deadly.
Ticks have the ability to cause paralysis in cats and dogs through a neurotoxin they inject called Holocycltoxin. The more blood these ticks feed on, the more they grow and the higher the levels of Holocyctoxin can be found in their system.
If you don't discover this quickly it can sometimes lead to death and while there is no complete prevention of ticks, all pet owners should remain vigilant in checking their animals' coats and grooming with a tick preventative available on the market.
Knowing the symptoms of tick bites is crucial for general care of your pet, but can also save their life.
Key symptoms of a tick or ticks on an animal include a loss of coordination, difficultly in swallowing, breathing difficulties and a change of behaviour.
If you do find a tick on your animal or if your pet is showing symptoms of a paralysis tick then you should get to the vet as soon as possible to have the best chance of saving your pet.