Thick with ticks in eastern Australia ABC Rural news
The Australian Veterinary Association says it's one of the worst tick seasons on record, and a significant increase in tick paralysis cases has been reported along the east coast of Australia.
Tick paralysis is caused by a toxin the ticks release into the bloodstream and can be fatal.
Queensland veterinary surgeon Dr Bruce Howlett says many farmers couldn't use the usual methods to control tick numbers throughout the year due to wet weather.
He says some animals he's seen are literally covered in ticks, and younger ones can even die of anaemia if left untreated.
"Because we didn't have any significant winter, there was no cold weather and very little frost, so there've been very stable temperature and humidity at ground level where the ticks breed," he said.
"We've carried through a pretty high tick burden and there are a lot of ticks around at the moment."