Ticks: Tiny But Deadly
Living in a warm and sunny country is great, but with it comes all the parasites and diseases associated with a warm and/or tropical climate. One of these little scourges can be found nearly all over South Africa, namely ticks.
There are two tick-borne diseases to be aware of; biliary and ehrlichia.
The Yellow Dog tick bites your dog; this is known as Tick Fever
- A parasite called ‘Babesia canis,’ enters his bloodstream, causing the infection
- Biliary is potentially life-threatening, killing thousands of dogs in South Africa annually
- Thankfully, the sooner biliary is diagnosed and treated the higher the chance of survival for your pet
- The incubation period can be up to 20 days, so often it is not noticed before it is too late
- This is borne by the Brown Dog tick and is known as Tick Bite Fever
- The parasite is Ehrlichia canis
- The prognosis is not as dire because symptoms generally show much more quickly than they do in the case of Tick Fever
- In both cases, prevention is better than cure
- There are multiple prophylactics available on the market
- A biliary vaccine has become available recently; it doesn’t prevent biliary completely, but does prevent the life-threatening side-effects
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