Babieosis is a Tick-borne disease (which means it is caught from Ticks) that attacks the blood cells of dogs causing anaemia which can be fatal.
'Four dogs have contracted canine babesiosis in Harlow, Essex, in recent months despite not travelling abroad, with three of the animals dying ' http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
Symptoms/ Clinical signs may include:
Anaemia and Lethargy (weakness/tiredness),
Anorexia (loss of appetite)
Red/brown urine (Haemoglobinuria)
Swollen/ enlarged lymph nodes (Lymphadenopath)
Jaundice (Yellowing of eyes/skin)
Rapid breathing (Tachypnea)
Rapid heart rate (Tachycardia)
Enlarged spleen (Splenomegaly)
In severe cases it can cause acute collapse, multiple organ failure, and death
If you think that your dog is showing the clinical sign above and that your dog may have Babesiosis, please get in touch straight away. Our vet will carry out a full clinical examination and if necessary some blood will be taken and sent to our specialist external laboratory for testing.
Treatment is difficult as there is no licensed product in the UK at the moment although there is a product currently used in cattle for the same parasite that we could use off licence. Even after treatment, most patients will become long term carriers of the parasite so prevention really is better than cure!
It is important to prevent the transmission of the disease from Ticks. Using a monthly antiparisitic treatment prescribed by your vet, is the most effective way of doing this.
There is a large number of prescription treatments available at Harrier Vets to reduce the risk associated with ticks in dogs. This includes sprays, collars, spot ons and chewable treatments.
Members of our Pet Care Plan are entitled to receive tick prevention treatments as standard, so please ask at your next routine check up.
Harrier Veterinary Surgery 02380454279