Babesiosis

Babesiosis

Babesia infections occur in dogs and other species, and are transmitted mainly by ticks. Babesia are protozoal parasites that attack blood cells. Babesia infections have a wide range of severity: they can be very mild (dogs may not even show symptoms) or very severe (sometimes fatal). The severity depends mainly on the species of Babesia involved but also on the immune system of the dog.

Prevention

Monthly Flea (and tick) Parasite Preventatives

Because this is a tick-borne disease, and there is no vaccine or other guaranteed method of prevention, the use of a regular tick preventative can greatly reduce the chance of infection. These products are administered topically (on-the-skin) and will prevent ticks, as well as other internal parasites, for an entire month. Pay careful attention that you choose a product that is listed for the parasites that you specifically want to prevent.

Recommended protocol:

Administer a flea and tick preventative product to your pet every month for the duration of its life. Dogs and cats are at risk for tick and flea-borne illnesses at any age.

Recommended Lifestyle:

All dogs and cats

 

From: VIP Petcare

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