Babesia/Tick fever

One of the misconceptions we hear is that people think because their dog is vaccinated, it cannot get babesia. There is no vaccination against babesia. Also, if your dog has had babesia, it is not immune!

The only way to prevent tick fever is to prevent ticks. There are several preventative products available. Dip is a contact poison for ticks, but your dog will need to be dipped every seven to ten days to be effective and is labour intensive. However, if you have a lot of dogs it is an affordable option. Spot-on products are absorbed by the dog’s skin to provide protection and this method lasts longer than dip. Edible chews are also available and get absorbed through the gut, to have effect. These last longer than the contact poisons and most spot-on’s. It is important to use any of the products at the correct intervals to ensure their effectiveness and it is also a good idea to vary products from time to time as ticks can build up resistance.

Symptoms to watch out for are listlessness, not eating or playing, pale gums and fever. The earlier babesia is diagnosed, the bigger the chances of a simple treatment. Babesia can become a nightmare with blood transfusions and complications and become very expensive to treat if left too long and your pet can die! Do NOT give Disprin or home remedies, it needs urgent veterinary attention! Always keep in mind, tick prevention is much cheaper than treatment and will save your beloved pet a lot of suffering.

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