"Ruckus" Campbell


Ruckus is an 8 year old mixed breed dog who is blind as a result of bilateral glaucoma. On May 29th, 2014 he was brought to the clinic for rapidly progressing muscular weakness. Initially, Ruckus was weak on both of his hind legs, which progressed over a 24 hour period to flaccid paralysis of both hind legs. By the time Ruckus arrived at the animal hospital he was also losing function in his front legs. During his examination we discovered an engorged and feeding tick. The tick was removed and over the next 48 hours Ruckus made a full recovery. Tick paralysis is a rare neuromuscular disorder caused by a neurotoxin the tick secretes during engorgement and feeding. The neurotoxin causes an ascending flaccid paralysis which can eventually lead to respiratory failure if the tick is not removed. Removal of the tick will lead to recovery within 24 – 48 hours. Ruckus has made a full recovery, much to the relief of his owners and the team at West Kootenay Animal Hospital.