Babesiosis is a parasitic disease that destroys a dog’s red blood cells. It is transmitted by the brown dog tick, or by a contaminated blood infusion.
Babesiosis can be associated with other tick-borne diseases like Erlichiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which can worsen symptoms that include:
- Pale tongue, gums, and nose
- High fever
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Orange or red urine
- Loss of appetite
In chronic forms of Babesiosis, your dog may become emaciated and have recurring fevers.
Because the treatment for babesiosis can have severe side effects, most dogs that do not exhibit symptoms are not treated.
One of the only drugs approved to treat Babesiosis in the U.S. is imidocarb dipropionate, an injectable drug that can cause pain, drooling, fever, facial swelling, elevated heart rate, and muscle tremors.
Female dogs with babesiosis should not be bred, since they can spread the disease to their unborn puppies.
Tick repellent is your best defense against Babesiosis. Try Frontline Plus, PetGuard Herbal Collar or Adams Plus Flea and Tick Dip for Dogs and Cats.
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