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Lyme Disease and Other Tick Borne Diseases Part 1

 

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is transmitted through a tick bite into the blood stream, once there it travels to locations such as organs and joints.  Ticks are likely to be found in tall grass, thick brush, marshes and woods. It takes them being latched on to host for 24-48 hours to transmit the disease. Primary carrier of Lyme disease is the black legged tick AKA deer tick.  They aquire the bacteria from an animal who is infected.

Symptoms-

  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Reduced energy
  • Lameness/Stiffness
  • Swelling of joints

Usually treated with antibiotic for 30 days or more.

Babesia or Babesiosis

It is an illness caused by a protozoa parasite called Basesia, it invades red blood cells and causes anemia.  It is found across America, but is primarily found in the south.  Multiple tick species carry the disease and transmission may occur through bites or transplacentally.

 

Symptoms-

  • Sudden collapse
  • Systemic shock
  • Hemolytic crisis
  • Dark urine
  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Enlarged spleen

It is treated with a combination of drugs but almost never clears up completely so it is possible for dogs to relapse.

 

Anaplasmosis

Is a bacterial infection transmitted from the black legged tick aka deer tick. There is also a less severe form called anaplasma platys which is from the brown dog tick. It causes periodic decrease in platelets and many times they may also have another tick borne disease (co-infection) typically it is found with Lyme disease and tested for using Snap4Dx or Accuplex. Treatment is antibotics for 2-4 weeks usually Doxycycline. Once treatment starts dogs usually feel better 24-48 hours.

Symptoms-

  • Lameness
  • Joint Pain
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Anorexia
  • vomiting

Symptoms typically show in 7 days. Some dogs show no symptoms at all.

Cats can get this disease too but its not as common.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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