Dr Chris Brown has urgently warned pet owners after making an unwelcome discovery on his beloved dog, Buzzy.
The vet found two paralysis ticks on his skin, reminding his followers that tick season is officially here.
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He shared a series of photos showing him discovering the ticks, a close-up of the ticks on the skin and the ticks once removed.
“So this was an unpleasant surprise (swipe) 🤯 I’ve just found two paralysis ticks on Buzzy. And it’s early August,” he said.
“So consider this the official warning that tick season is here …
Dr Chris Brown and his dog, Buzzy. Credit: drchrisbrown/Instagram
“Buzzy is fine. Thankfully the ticks were only about two days old and, because he’d just started prevention, they were dead.”
Chris went on to share “all you need to know” about the parasite.
He said tick season starting in August is not “abnormal” — but it was unusual this early in the month.“The combination of warmer winter weather and some rain is the signal ticks have been waiting for 🌧️ ☀️,” Chris said.
Dr Chris Brown shares what the tick looks like. Credit: drchrisbrown/Instagram
“Start by knowing what you’re looking for. The pics should help,” he suggested.
“If you live in a paralysis tick-prone area (along the east coast of Australia), then get on your tick prevention now.
“Also, still check for ticks with your fingers using the ‘tickle fingers’ motion.
Dr Chris Brown removed the two ticks. Credit: drchrisbrown/Instagram
“They could be anywhere but 80 per cent of ticks are found from the front legs forward. Buzzy’s two ticks were on his neck.”
The Channel 7 presenter said ticks feel like “a small skin lump”.
“But unlike a lump, they have legs. In good light, you’ll see they’re grey in colour and attached by their mouth.”
For more information, Chris suggested heading to his second Instagram pet page, @drool_by_drchrisbrown, for regular tips.
Fans thanked him for the tips and wished Buzzy well.
Dr Chris Brown at the Logies in July. Credit: Sam Tabone/Getty Images
Former Olympic swimmer Lisa Curry led the messages, writing: “🤢but thanks for the tips Chris. Tthose ticks are gross! Glad Buzzy is OK. Have sent messages home to have our puppy Mali, have her pills up to date 🐾.”
“OMG how scary,” one fan said.
“So glad your beautiful pupper is OK,” another added.
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