Anaplasmosis is a tick-borne disease with symptoms similar to Lyme disease and also referred to as "tick fever" or "pasture fever." In this article, we’ll look at how this tick-borne disease is transmitted, Anaplasmosis prevention techniques, and other helpful information. TickZapper® is committed to helping your pet enjoy the best possible health. Part of this strategy involves knowing more about certain tick-borne diseases. This page is designed to assist pet owners recognize the unique dangers posed by Anaplasmosis.
Anaplasmosis (Canine) Facts
Anaplasmosis is one of many tick-borne diseases, but has only been properly recognized since 1999, mainly because Anaplasmosis symptoms are very similar to Lyme disease. There are two forms of Canine Anaplasmosis: Anaplasma phagocytophilum, and Anaplasma platys. Both forms of canine Anaplasmosis are found throughout the United States and Canada, common areas including northeastern, mid-Atlantic and north-central states, as well as California. According to recent research, instances of Anaplasmosis are increasing throughout the United States. That’s why it always helps to recognize the symptoms of this disease. General symptoms of Anaplasmosis are as follows, and typically last between one and seven days:
• Low Energy / lethargy
• Loss of Appetite
• Joint pain / obvious discomfort
• Anaplasma phagocytophilum - Infects the white blood cells. Transmitted by deer ticks and western black-legged ticks. These are the same ticks that transmit Lyme disease, increasing the risk of co-infection with multiple tick-borne diseases. Is also categorized as a “zoonotic” disease (can infect people as well as pets). Symptoms include loss of appetite, lethargy, lameness, neck pain or neurological signs.
• Anaplasma platys – Infects platelets, causing failure of blood clotting. Transmitted by the brown dog tick. More commonly found in the Gulf Coast and southwestern states. Symptoms include bruising on the gums and/or belly, and spontaneous nose bleeds.
Pay close attention to changes in you pet’s behavior! Seek veterinary care immediately if you notice unusual behaviors, such as the symptoms associated with Anaplasmosis. In order to confirm a case of Anaplasmosis, tests such as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), indirect fluorescent antibody (IFA), and polymerase chain reaction (PCR), may be utilized by your veterinarian. Treatment for Anaplasmosis is much like treatments for other, closely related tick-borne diseases…antibiotic treatments such as doxycycline.
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