Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Very Close Call

We are having the perfect tick season here in Far North Queensland, to the point where vets here warned of a shortage of anti tick medication and that pet owners need to be very diligent indeed and check their animals daily.

Female paralysis ticks one fully engorged

  These tiny dangerous parasites can be very hard to find on an animal sometimes, as happened to our poor Cavalier, Tobi.  After a brushing and searching session last Thursday afternoon we noticed he had an ever so slight waiver in his gait so we immediately took him off to the vet. After intense examination by two vets, a vet nurse and myself nothing was found so home we went. 
 By Friday morning though he was clearly having difficulty and we rushed him back to the vet surgery.  While giving him a tick wash a young vet nurse found the tick implanted in the very top edge of his ear.  He started to go down very fast and we were warned he might not pull through.  Our vet said it would probably take up to 72 hours before we would know for sure that he would survive. 
 After 2 days of worrying and feeling very sad that we might loose the little fellow, on Sunday, mid-day, we had a call from our vet to say Tobi had turned the corner and was definitely rallying ...what a relief !!!.
 Tobi was allowed to come home yesterday afternoon, so it was with great joy that we went and picked him up from the vet, he is rather weak of course but clearly happy to be home again!!! 

Tobi this morning, Tuesday, and looking a lot better !

All is well that ends well as the saying goes and it will indeed be a very Happy Christmas here in the Roe household!!! Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday time and a very good New Year,
with beary hugs and  best wishes,



  1. Oh Robyn, I'm so relieved that Tobi pulled through. I've been thinking about him and hoping. Have a wonderful Christmas and keep your pups safe! Hugs Linda X

  2. Oh dear Robyn, I am so thankful that he has recovered. How devastating for you...I know how dear your little Tobi is to you.
    Warmest Hugs,
    Sandi @ Ess D'Ess Bears and Bearly Sane Studio

  3. Linda and Sandi, thankyou so much for those kind words and thoughts, they are much appreciated :o)

    Beary hugs,


  4. Robyn so glad that your little boy has recovered and you can enjoy Christmas all together as it should be.
    Cheers Susan ♥

  5. Oh Robyn I'm soooo glad for you and your little dog! I wonder if the ticks you have there are worse than ours??? Our family Springer had one years ago but it hardly affected her. My own little doggies are so precious to me I can imagine how terrible you must've felt. Please give Tobi a gentle little hug from the UK :0)

    May you have a wonderful Happy and Peaceful Christmas, with all your family,
    Ruth xxx

  6. Very happy that your doggie recovered! I know how much a dog means,I have two doggies myself.We love them as our children.

    Merry Christmas to you and family,



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