Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ticks can cause paralysis in dogs, humans and birds

By Brittany Jacks
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Dog owners may be surprised to find out that certain ticks can paralyze their beloved pets.
These tick species carry a nerurotoxin that affects the mobility of animals. If the animal is not treated, their limbs may become paralyzed.
The Dermacentor tick species is among those that infect dogs with a neurotoxin that can paralyze them if left untreated. (Photo by Thinkstock.)
Dr. Andy Shores, clinical professor and chief of neurology and neurosurgery in the Department of Clinical Scienes at the Mississippi State University College of Veterniary Medicine, said the toxin affects the function of the motor neurons that control movement. The toxin is usually released five to seven days after the tick attaches.  Read more...