SCALIBOR 3 Month Paralysis Tick Collar for Dogs

SCALIBOR® contains deltamethrin, a second generation synthetic pyrethroid with proven acaricidal action against various tick species. Slow release of the active ingredient directly to the skin of the dog for a sustained period controls paralysis ticks (Ixodes holocyclus) for up to 14 weeks and brown dog ticks (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) for up to 26 weeks.

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Product Description


The paralysis tick (Ixodes holocyclus) is the most dangerous tick species infesting domestic animals, producing a potentially fatal ascending flaccid paralysis. Found in eastern Australia, paralysis ticks cause serious morbidity and mortality in thousands of domestic animals each year, particularly dogs, most commonly in the warmer months when there is an abundance of adult female ticks.

Control of paralysis tick infestations for dogs in affected areas is best achieved by using a product that is not only efficacious, but also provides the longest duration of activity to improve convenience and compliance for dog owners.

Scalibor® is a major advance in the control of paralysis ticks as a single collar provides control for up to 14 weeks, providing Australian dog owners with a convenient, long term treatment option for the control of paralysis tick infestations.

Using the collar

  • Scalibor® exerts best effect for the control of the named ticks 2-3 weeks after application. The collar should therefore be applied 2-3 weeks before the dog is likely to be exposed to infestation.
  • Avoid cutting a dog’s hair for a few days before applying the collar.
  • The collar is sealed in a sachet inside the carton and should not be opened until ready for use.
  • Sometimes after prolonged storage the collar has a powdery appearance, which is due to release of a limited amount of DTM-TPP complex during transit and/or storage. This powder can be removed with a damp cloth prior to fitting the collar.
  • Buckle the collar comfortably around the neck of the dog so two or three fingers can be inserted easily between the collar and the dog’s neck (this step is important because the continued release of deltamethrin from Scalibor®
    depends on adequate contact between the surface of the collar and the skin of the neck region of the dog).
  • The collar, if buckled too tightly,can cause irritation. Trim off any excess length of collar 5cm from the buckle and dispose as instructed on the product leaflet.
  • Check the collar every 2-3 weeks to ensure that fitting is still optimal.
  • The effect of swimming, bathing or shampooing on efficacy has not been established. The collar should be removed before swimming, bathing or shampooing the dog because the active substance is harmful to fish and other aquatic organisms.
  • In rare cases, localized skin lesions, localized dermatitis or erythema, pruritus and hair loss can be observed. In extreme cases of skin lesions remove the collar until symptoms have resolved. Wipe the collar with a damp cloth to remove any excess deltamethrin before reapplying.

Frequently asked questions

  1. How is Scalibor® different from other collars?
    Many collars have a basic process where the active ingredient evaporates from the surface of a synthetic band. Scalibor® uses a technologically advanced PVC matrix which is saturated with a complex linking deltamethrin (DTM) to triphenyl phosphate (TPP). With time and the movements of the skin and hair (friction), DTM is released constantly from the matrix on a regular basis. The very lipophilic DTM then migrates onto the lipid layer of the skin and also tends to concentrate in hair follicles. This mode of action explains why the onset of action takes 2-3 weeks to reach maximum effect, but also why Scalibor® is so effective for so long (up to 14 weeks for paralysis ticks and up to 26 weeks for brown dog ticks).
  2. Can Scalibor® be used in any breed of dog?
    Yes. There are no restrictions for the use of Scalibor® in any particular breed of dog, and it can be applied from 8 weeks of age. You just need to ensure that the collar is correctly fitted to suit the size of the dog, so that two or three fingers can be inserted easily between the collar and the dog’s neck - any excess collar should be trimmed off 5cm from the buckle.
  3. Why are ticks sometimes seen on treated dogs?
    Ticks that are seen in the first 2-3 weeks after applying Scalibor® may be because the deltamethrin has not reached an optimal concentration on all parts of the dog. Because of the unique release system it takes about 2-3 weeks to cover the entire dog. Ticks can also occasionally be found attached to treated dogs because they are not killed immediately by the collar, however, they are generally repelled, knocked down or killed
    before they can cause paralysis.
  4. Can dogs swim or be bathed while wearing the collar?
    No. The effect of swimming, bathing or shampooing on efficacy has not been established. The collar should be removed before swimming, bathing or shampooing the dog because the active substance is harmful to fish and other aquatic organisms.
  5. Can Scalibor® be used concurrently with other ectoparasiticides?
    In certain circumstances, such as for control of paralysis ticks during the period until Scalibor® achieves its optimal efficacy after initial application, or for flea control, a dog owner may wish to use another ectoparasiticide in conjunction with Scalibor®. Scalibor® has been tested with fipronil-(S)-methoprene (Frontline® Plus) in a small study, which demonstrated that the combination was efficacious and well tolerated by dogs. Scalibor® should not be used with other ectoparasiticides containing organophosphates.
  6. Can Scalibor® be used in dogs if they are being treated with other medications?
    Yes. Deltamethrin has not been found in the circulation of dogs following normal usage of Scalibor® (assay limit of detection 5 ng/ml). The lack of systemic absorption of deltamethrin means there is no risk of interaction with systemic drugs.
  7. Can Scalibor® be used in pregnant bitches?
    No. The safety of Scalibor® in breeding dogs of both sexes has not been established.
  8. Are there any issues for cats that live with treated dogs?
    Deltamethrin is released from the Scalibor® collar by friction and circulates in the lipid layer on the surface of the treated dog’s skin; there is no evaporation of the active ingredient, it is delivered only to the dog. Though cats are sensitive to synthetic pyrethroids, the concentrations of deltamethrin on the dog’s skin are relatively low and are more or less constant for the duration of the dosing interval of 14 weeks (paralysis ticks) or 26 weeks (brown dog ticks). Hence, the amount a cat could potentially be exposed to by, for example, grooming a treated dog would be quite small. Additionally, Scalibor® has been available overseas for more than 10 years with no pharmacovigilance reports ever received about problems with cats associated with deltamethrin from Scalibor®-treated dogs.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Refrigerated Product No
Manufacturer MSD Animal Health
Parasites Controlled Ticks
Dose Form Collar
Duration of Effect 3 months
Claim No
Contra-indications No
Label (external link) No
MSDS (external link) No


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