Dr. Stone remembered learning about a condition called tick paralysis, where the tick's saliva gets into the dog's system over a prolonged period of time and causes neurological issues. The condition is rarely seen, and he could only find one veterinarian at the practice who'd ever encountered it before, according to a blog post on the hospital's website.
Tick paralysis is an extremely rare condition but seemed to fit Ollie's symptoms. Removing the tick cures the condition completely, and so Dr. Stone told Ollie's parents to wait three days to see if Ollie's condition improved.
"After doctors removed the offending tick, they gave Ollie a complete body shave to make sure he didn't have any other ticks hidden in his fur," Alaina Buller, communications specialist at the DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, told The Dodo.