Anaplasmosis and Lyme Disease FAQs
Often, dogs and cats diagnosed with anaplasmosis have similar symptoms associated with Lyme disease. This is considered a co-infection and happens to be very common. They are both found in the same locations and are transmitted via tick species. If you suspect your pet may be suffering from either or, it is essential to get him to an animal hospital. We are here to help your pet here at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County. We help patients in Ferndale, Liberty, and Monticello.
My Dog Has Anaplasmosis. What Is It?
A tick-borne disease resulting from Anaplasma phagocytophilum, an infectious bacterial organism, is known as anaplasmosis. Deer tick bites are the way that this contagious disease is transmitted. It may also be transmitted via the brown dog tick but is far less common.
What Are Signs My Pet May Have Anaplasmosis?
If your pet is infected with anaplasmosis, you will usually notice signs of lethargy, fever, joint pain, lameness, and even a decrease in appetite. Symptoms usually last anywhere from 1 to 7 days. However, some pets will only have very minimal symptoms. Less common symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, coughing, and even labored breathing. It is less commonly seen in cats, but symptoms are similar in both. Seizures, although rare, have been reported.
What Does Lyme Disease Do to a Dog?
Many dogs that have Lyme disease usually show no signs or symptoms. However, if symptoms are present, they are the same as those seen in anaplasmosis. If Lyme disease is not treated, it can cause damage to the nervous system, heart, and kidneys. This is why it is imperative to seek veterinary treatment for your pet. It is also imperative to do a yearly heartworm/tick test to catch lyme disease early so it does not lead to something irreversible like kidney failure.
Can a Dog Be Treated After Being Diagnosed with Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is treatable and is not a death sentence. Our veterinarians treat it via antibiotics. Symptoms will usually resolve within just a few days after treatment.
What If My Dog Tested Positive for the Infection but Is Not Showing Any Signs?
Positive antibody test results can come from dogs being in areas where anaplasmosis or Lyme disease are prevalent. Dogs must have been exposed to either infection. Many dogs do have antibodies but without any signs of the disease itself. There is also proof that healthy dogs may have had an ongoing infection with A. phagocytophilum but are just carriers.
Contact Us for an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Ferndale, NY
Our team here at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County is committed to providing our patients the care they need to live happy and healthy lives. To schedule an appointment with our team, give our office a call. We are here to help pets in Ferndale, Liberty, Monticello, and the surrounding areas.