G’day Beach Cottage ladies, well no broken limbs on our little break to the country but we did have a problem with the newest member of the Beach Cottage Crew
That member would be Barley.
Now this little family of ours has a curse, I am not sure if I have told you about it before, but it seems that we, more often than not, in some form or another, end up needing medical assistance when we are away from home.
This has come in many forms and seems also to inflict not just us but those unfortunate to travel with us – ranging from me in hospital on a tiny little Spanish island, to spider bites on heads in France to gastro in San Francisco and food poisoning in Egypt. Yep been there got the t-shirt.
This time, it turns out the newest member to our family wanted a turn at visiting a medical establishment while being away.
So Barley has been having a whale of a time out in the country, but we were well aware that with that was the chance of ticks and various other not so nice things…although actually where we live on the beaches is one of the worst areas for ticks in Australia so we have to be vigilant at all times for them..
Anyway, we get home from a walk with Barls, and do a tick check and we find two and not very nice looking ones, I am not sure what a nice tick looks like but neither of these was one of them.
We popped them in a ziploc bag and did a bit of examining and then used the internet (which was extremely hit and miss in the place we were staying plus no phone coverage) to have a look and see whether or not we should be worried. We were.
And so we phoned the local vet, by local I mean an hour’s drive through rough country muddy roads local…we described the ticks to the vet and he said it could well be a Paralysis Tick.
So off we went, four of us with damp eyes and Mr Beach Cottage being in control… not a word said in the car, scooting, very uncomfortably over rough terrain through the countryside and steep hills down to the town.
We arrived at the vet, got out our little bags with the creatures in, picked up Barley and went in….the horrid little creatures were examined by people who had a lot more experience than us in both dogs and ticks.
The vets took a bit of time but sure enough, Barls had been unfortunate enough to have two Paralysis Ticks attached to him…but thank goodness we had seen them and got them early – and because we used a tick remover the heads had come out too…
If you don’t know what a Paralysis Tick is, basically, it’s fatal if you don’t catch it in time.
Luckily we had.
These country vets were amazingly lovely to us – a wet behind the ears English family out in the Australian bush – I know not what they were thinking but I am pretty sure our teary eyes, over-the-top concern, treatment of Barls as the sixth member of our family and our accents, may well have been a story over dinner that night…
I know nothing about animals really, I never had any pet in my life until now and this whole thing you might be reading and thinking how very dramatic if you, indeed, know more than me
and I don’t know anything about vets either, but these guys were so very kind and professional…
Here’s Barley getting a very thorough tick check…
He was then given a treatment (even though Barley is up to date with tick treatment, it clearly wasn’t effective) and they explained everything to us, what to watch out for and to look out for certain symptoms over the next few days…
It seems Barley is fine though and will still be with us for now…and it seems he has had his first, and hopefully last, experience of the Beach Cottage Holiday Curse.
I will be back soon with what was Part II and Part III of our Beach Cottage Country Adventures and the breathtaking scenery that was all around…I didn’t expect this little instalment to the proceedings…
But all’s well that ends well…
Do you have any similar stories with your pets?? Love to know