5 July 2018: As Australia’s peak paralysis tick season is due to officially start, Assistance Dogs Australia (ADA) is taking no chances when it comes to ensuring their dogs are safe from the deadly parasite.
Today, ADA announces Bravecto – Australia’s leading long-lasting paralysis tick and flea treatment for dogs – as their valued “Protector Partner”. This means their dogs will now be protected against potentially life-threatening paralysis ticks and irritating fleas, so they can focus on what they do best - training and placing unique dogs with Australian individuals and families in unique situations.
ADA CEO Richard Lord says: “We’re delighted to announce Bravecto as Protector Partner of Assistance Dogs Australia, providing flea and tick treatment to all our dogs in training, as well as our fully accredited Assistance Dogs placed with clients across Australia.
“We have over 50 dogs being educated in our program at any one time and over 150 active accredited Assistance Dogs working in the community. Our growing organisation is dedicated to best practice training and welfare, so we are thrilled to have Bravecto as Protector Partner for our Assistance Dogs.”
Vanessa Gattellari, Marketing Lead MSD Animal Health adds: “We are incredibly proud to be associated with Assistance Dogs Australia with Bravecto. The health and well-being of animals is of the utmost importance to us – in fact, many of us are pet owners and veterinarians and do what we do because of our love for animals. This partnership ensures these dogs can stay healthy and continue their wonderful work.”
Assistance Dogs Australia is a trailblazer when it comes to the range of tasks their dogs can perform and the services they have introduced, including developing Animal-Assisted Intervention Therapy sessions, and workshops to support children and families living with Autism, as well as those living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Australia’s paralysis tick season runs from about September to March – the time when adult female ticks are most abundant2, but can vary region to region. Unique to Australia’s eastern seaboard, the paralysis tick - Ixodes holocyclus - is a huge problem to tackle locally every year and is the single most dangerous parasite for dogs on the eastern coast of Australia with just one tick capable of causing paralysis and even death.
Fleas are an unpleasant experience for dogs, causing itching and discomfort. In some cases, an allergy occurs to the flea saliva, causing hair loss and skin sores on the dog, and enormous worry for their owners.